Town House promotes hoards to see at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Town House hoardings
Provost Carmichael and Exhibitions Officer, Cathy Shankland inspect the new hoardings at Inverness Town House

Hoardings at Inverness Town House

Provost Carmichael

Where can you find evidence of Nessie’s ancestors, a Highland tsunami, camels and elephants and other mysteries of historical Inverness? The answer is, on ground-level hoardings around scaffolding on Inverness Town House that lead to Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.

As part of the ongoing works to restore the historic category A-listed Town House building an exhibition promoting the treasures of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery has been erected on the Town House hoardings.

The exhibition leads visitors around the Town House and up Castle Wynd and then directs them to the Museum and Art Gallery. This is the second phase of artworks installed on the Town House scaffolding to help ameliorate the impact of the scaffolding that will be in place for two years. Earlier this summer a full-scale building wrap was unveiled to shield the scaffolding.

High Life Highland staff at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery were commissioned by The Highland Council to create the exhibition in conjunction with designer Andy MacGregor.

Provost and Leader of Inverness Helen Carmichael said: “The Town House is the jewel in the crown of the Inverness Common Good Fund and while its exterior is being preserved for future generations it is important over the next 2 years that we minimise the visual impact of the works on both locals and visitors.

“We are delighted to work with High Life Highland to create this mini exhibition that will promote the history of Inverness and the Town House while encouraging people to visit the Museum and Art Gallery to find out more.”

Laing Traditional Masonry is the contractor on the £1.2 million project for the first phase of works restoring the Town House including: stone repairs and replacement, mortar re-pointing, roof repairs, rainwater goods (guttering and downpipes) renewal, and window repairs and replacements. The Town House restoration project is being funded by the Inverness Common Good Fund and Historic Scotland.

30 Sep 2015
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