top of page

Highland Threads

Highland Threads is a virtual exhibition showcasing items of costume from 14 museums across the Highlands, alongside stories of the people who made them and wore them. 

As well as our beautiful 1740s Spitalfields Dress, the exhibition includes a knitted bathing suit, a fisherman's Gansey, military uniform, Gairloch pattern stockings and even a waistcoat belonging to Bonnie Prince Charlie! 

This fantastic exhibition was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and produced by Museums & Heritage Highland, a network organisation working with heritage organisations across the region to collaborate and innovate for a more sustainable future.



021220JD_GlenC_04 v2.png

Photo credit: Jim Dunn for Highland Threads

Nicola Henderson, Museums and Heritage Highlands Digital Innovation and Network Manager said:

"The idea for Highland Threads was conceived at a Highland Heritage Cafe, a regular online meet-up for people working in heritage. We saw an opportunity to support each other while our museums struggle through temporary closure due to Covid-19 restrictions."

You can visit the online exhibition at and see the chosen pieces in person at each Highland museum - check individual museum websites for season information and opening times. Our Spitalfields Dress is currently on display as part of our Jacobite exhibition and can be visited when we are open April-October. 

bottom of page