Glencoe Folk Museum's Redevelopment
Our exciting major redevelopment will be the first since the Museum moved into its current premises over 50 years ago!
We’ve been developing the project since 2019 with extensive consultations among the community, local businesses, other museums and the local authorities.
Our objective is to overhaul the Museum to realise its huge potential to engage with its key audiences: the local community, U.K. and international visitors.
This project will protect and enhance the historic structures while working to secure our environmental and financial sustainability, ensuring the Museum continues to be a tremendous local asset for the next 50 years and beyond!
You can read our redevelopment Business Plan HERE.
Learning lessons from the 'new normal' brought about by Covid 19, we have adapted our project to emphasise remote engagement and reaching out to the local and global community - giving worldwide access to our collections and activities. Thanks to Lottery funding you might have seen our first ever Learning & Engagement Officer out and about making visits and running activities all over the community.
The project has so far been supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and other bodies, and as of June 2022 we are actively working to secure the required £1,000,000 funding and make our project plans become reality...
Every penny helps secure the Museum for future generations to enjoy - please click below to donate to our JustGiving redevelopment appeal!
WHAT WILL OUR REDEVELOPMENT DO?
Make our Museum fully accessible for the first time, and install brand new facilities including accessible toilets.
Improve the interpretation of the historic cottages and collections, taking care to maintain the ‘quirky cabinet of curiosities’ atmosphere with sympathetic and engaging new displays produced by the exhibition specialists Mather & Co.
Enclose our life-expired external display area (constructed in the 1970s) with new accessible climate-controlled visitor reception and exhibition spaces – creating a much-needed indoor local attraction and making best use of our tiny site! This is being designed by the conservation architects Peter Drummond Architects and will be finished in local Ballachulish slate to enhance the Museum site and complement structures around the village.
Re-roof and convert a byre outbuilding into the Community Gallery, a flexible space for meetings / research / craft demonstrations which will enable schools and local groups to produce their own displays in museum-standard conditions. This will allow a regular programme of activities to be scheduled, including low-pressure social drop-in sessions – something for everyone!
Increase our gift shop space and our range of unique and locally-produced items relating to our collections and Glencoe’s heritage and landscape.
Support the work of our Learning & Engagement Officer as they continue to deliver education and outreach programmes involving the community with the Museum.
Maximise environmental sustainability through solar panels and air-source heating to reduce our carbon footprint. An organic roof will provide natural insulation while promoting biodiversity (and look pretty!) E-bike charging points will help promote sustainable tourism.
N.B. Artists' impressions represent work in-progress.
For more information about our project please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
There are lots of ways to get involved in this exciting project! If you live locally, why not volunteer with us? Or if you are interested in becoming a Trustee or have skills in Finance or Construction, check out our Volunteer Advisor Roles! Finally, you can donate via our 'Adopt an Object' scheme and get your name in our new museum.
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