Highland stories and journeys in spotlight at NTS Culloden community event this Sunday
Unique digital story maps created for six Highland museums and an exhibition focusing on Highland journeys past and present will be part of the line-up at the special “Culloden Community Thank-you” family event taking place at NTS Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre this Sunday (30th November) between 10am and 4pm. The story maps and exhibition are both part of the 2014 “My heart’s in the Highland” events programme which has been running in the Highland and Moray Council areas as part of the Year of Scottish Homecoming.
Local people in Grantown, Strathpeffer, Inverness, Dornoch, Newtonmore and Gairloch worked in their local museum with Highland storyteller Bob Pegg and artist John Hodgkinson to create a story map highlighting traditional stories linked with their particular community. This Sunday at Culloden will be the first time the six story maps have been on display together. Bob Pegg will be on hand to tell the stories highlighted on the maps.
In addition to the story maps, the “Needed on a Journey” exhibition, which has been touring the Highlands as part of the “My heart’s in the Highlands” project, will also be on display. The exhibition, which was created by the museums and archives services of High Life Highland, explores the stories, crafts, pastimes and traditions which people leaving the Highlands took with them. As a special added feature for the Culloden event, people are being invited to contribute their own pictures of three items they might take with them if they were leaving the Highlands forever nowadays. Special postcards for drawing your pictures on are available from the reception desk at the Visitor Centre either in advance or on the day of the event, and all drawings submitted will be put up on display on Sunday.
These two activities are just part of a wider line-up at Culloden on Sunday - including guided tours of the battlefield, special costumed activities, and targe and badge making for children - which are free of charge for anyone living at an IV or KW postcode.
Katey Boal, Learning Manager at Culloden said: “Admission will be completely free of charge for anyone with an IV or KW postcode. All you need do to get in is to bring proof of your address residence – for example, picture ID or utility bill with name and address – to show at reception when you arrive”.