'Unique and quirky' redevelopment to take place at Glencoe Museum

06 December 2021
Glencoe Museum has revealed details of its redevelopment project, which will see the museum extended and new visitor facilities created.

Supported by first stage National Lottery funding, Glencoe Folk Museum is working with exhibition designers Mather & Co and Peter Drummond Architects on a comprehensive redevelopment project. 

Housed in traditional 18th-century heather-thatched cottages, Glencoe Folk Museum was founded in 1967 by Miss Barbara Fairweather MBE, Mrs. Rae Grant, and friends. 

Development funding of £74,000 was awarded in July 2021 by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to help the Museum progress their plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant in the near future. 

What will the redevelopment involve?

The project will extend the Museum, improving access, while creating new visitor facilities including the Museum’s first toilets! An outreach and education programme is also planned, which will help the Museum play an active role in the local area, while a new community gallery will create space for local groups to meet and produce their own exhibitions. 

Glencoe Folk Museum celebrates the rich history and story of Glencoe and its people – housing a collection of over 3,000 artefacts chronicling daily life and work in the area between the 17th to 21st centuries, from costume and household items to a “Coffin Boat” used to transport bodies to the local Burial Island, and objects relating to the Jacobite rising and infamous Glencoe Massacre of 1692.

Unlocking the potential

Museum Curator Catriona Davidson said: We’re very excited to have reached the point of working with designers and architects, and we know Mather and Drummond share our vision for unlocking the Museum’s full potential. We all love their approach of taking our unique charm and everything special about our Museum and bringing it to life in new fun, accessible ways. We can’t wait to see the designs!’

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Malissa Geersing, Project Designer at Mather & Co said: “We are excited to get started on this truly inspiring project at Glencoe Folk Museum. The Museum will tell the incredible stories of the Glen and its turbulent history, experiences, and daily lives of the local communities. 

“We are looking forward to bringing together the voices of the communities and history and landscape of Glencoe and the surrounding area, offering surprises, unexpected twists and turns, and inspiring moments.”

One of the aims in the development stage of the new museum is to work with local communities – this will enable visitors to explore theirs or other people’s heritage in a relevant and relatable way and discover the context and the history behind their life today.

The museum redevelopment is expected to be completed in 2023. Glencoe Museum is closed for the winter season and will reopen in April 2022.

Report and images courtesy Glencoe Folk Museum