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Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre can now make claim to any archaeological discoveries made on site

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Culloden Battlefield & Visitor Centre has been awarded the coveted Museum Accreditation status by Museums Galleries Scotland, the national development body for the museum sector in Scotland.

The battlefield and centre, at Culloden, in the Scottish Highlands, mark the site of one of the most important battles in Scottish history: the Battle of Culloden of 16 April 1746. Read more about the battle here.

The accreditation has taken about one year to achieve and means that the battlefield site can now make claim to any archaeological discoveries found on the site. Previously, any archaeological finds on the battlefield have been managed by Highland Council.

Culloden Visitor Centre, which stands beside the battlefield, features artefacts from both sides of the battle and interactive displays that reveal the background to the conflict, and explain the complexities and tragedy of the battle.

A magnificent achievement

National Trust for Scotland Operations Manager at Culloden Raoul Curtis-Machin said: “This is a magnificent achievement for Culloden Battlefield and the team here are absolutely thrilled with the news. We are always working towards a vision where Scotland’s heritage is valued by everyone and protected for future generations and this is a significant step forward in achieving that.” 

“This accreditation will help us to raise standards of collections management, which involves the development, storage, and preservation of our collection, as well as provide important access to funding for our visitor facilities. This is vital as we progress our plans to protect the landscape of Culloden Moor for future generations.”

“We hope this accreditation will help us to encourage visitors to connect with the things that make Scotland unique, through our exhibition, our guided battle tours, and our fascinating events programme. We are open all year and our dedicated team of staff and volunteers all do what we do for the love of Scotland, knowing that we are helping to protect it for future generations.”

The Culloden Team have several events planned for 2019 including the Culloden 273th anniversary event (12-16 April) and the popular annual Community Thank You Day in November.

QUICK LINK: Battle of Culloden: exploring the myths

Further reading

Culloden: Great Battles by Murray Pittock

Image shows Raoul and team members with the accrediation certificate. Copyright National Trust for Scotland

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