We were absolutely thrilled to welcome Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish to the museum on a stunning summer’s day in September this year as they embarked on their first day of filming for ‘Clan Lands’, an upcoming show exploring the history and culture of the Scottish clans.
The Outlander stars got up close and personal with some of our Jacobite objects – including a pistol from Culloden Battlefield and swords found hidden in the thatch of local cottages – and chatted to me and our volunteer Jimmy the Bush about the history of the museum and the area.
Having never been in front of the camera before ever (never mind for such a big production!), I was a bit nervous, but Sam, Graham and the crew were extremely professional and friendly and very quickly put me at ease. They enjoyed getting the opportunity to ‘touch history’, and seemed to feel a real connection to our artefacts.
It is so wonderful that Sam and Graham will be bringing the fascinating history of Scotland and its clans to an international audience, and we are excited to be involved. Outlander has already done so much for Scottish tourism, and has introduced so many people all over the world to a period of Scottish history that they had never heard of before, and we can’t wait to see Clan Lands bring this to life even more.
Before they left, they were kind enough to pose for a photo and sign some merchandise for us. Stay tuned to hear how you might be able to get yours hand on some autographed goodies!
Clan Lands will air sometime in 2020 – follow them on Instagram for all the updates!