Timespan Heritage Centre and Art Gallery

Timespan Heritage Centre and Art Gallery
Dunrobin Street




01431 821327

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Timespan Museum is the starting point on a journey through the colourful historical themes of the area. It provides the visitor with a wealth of information about past ways of life and some of the more turbulent events in Sutherland’s history. It combines local stories and folklore from the past and present with a multi-faceted collection of objects spanning thousands of years.

The museum’s illustrated timeline will amaze visitors with its Worldwide and Helmsdale facts. The visitor will be keen to explore the heritage of the area from prehistory with a tantalizing insight into the lives of the enigmatic Picts and their beautiful carved stones, to the time of the Clearances at the start of the nineteenth century, when thousands of people were removed from their homes in the Strath of Kildonan to make way for large sheep farms. The rise and fall of the fishing industry at Helmsdale is explored through the roles of the men and women who followed the herring shoals each year. Find out more about the largest salmon caught on the River Helmsdale and the celebrated Kildonan Gold Rush of 1869.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Mon - Sat: 10–5
Sunday: 12–5

Admission charges

Admission: Adults £4
Concessions £3.00
Children £2.00
Family tickets £10.00

Collection details

Archaeology, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology, Social History

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Diefenbaker’s 1950s Highland Hop: Ceilidh with music provided by Dalchalm

  • 17 May 2014 8:30-10:30pm

We love John Diefenbaker so much we're making a big song and dance about it! Celebrating the Canadian PM's pride in his family roots, we'd like to invite you to this Ceilidh with a twist - a retro-themed evening of jive and good ol' rock 'n' roll! Embrace the period and get all jazzed up in vintage 50's clothes, then join popular Ceilidh band Dalchalm and our mystery guest singer who'll delight you with those distinctive 1950's sounds. There's a licensed bar to enjoy your favourite tipple but don't spend too long there - we want to see you movin' and-a-groovin!!



Diefenbaker’s 1950s Highland Hop: Dinner and Film Premiere

  • 17 May 2014 6:30-8:30pm

Step back in time with this 1950s-style gala evening and buffet inspired by the life of John Diefenbaker, former Canadian PM. There'll be a feast of traditional and retro food inspired by Scotland’s trans-Atlantic ancestral connections - the tantalising tastes of Scotland and Canada combined! The meal will be followed by the film premiere of ‘Diefenbaker in Scotland’ showcasing a montage of fascinating archival images and a revealing narrative. We'd love to hear your own stories too, so why not come along and amaze your fellow dinner guests with the time you shook the hand of a serving Prime Minister!


£6 for Ceilidh and buffet



Diefenbaker’s 1950s Highland Hop: Walk and Write in Kildonan

  • 17 May 2014 10:45am-1pm

Ever wanted to step into the shoes of a leader of the free world? With the landscape of beautiful Kildonan as your backdrop and inspiration, take a walk to the ancestral home of John Diefenbaker, Canada’s former Prime Minister, and hear a rousing recital of his ‘A New Vision’ speech. Then create your own literary or poetic masterpiece on the paradigm of ‘North’ – you could even have your work included in the Diefenbaker montage film and display in Timespan. Exhausted? You can round off the morning by tucking into a tasty lunch in the Timespan Cafe overlooking the beautiful vista of Helmsdale River and Telford Bridge.



Diefenbaker’s 1950s Highland Hop: Talk and Ceremony at Kildonan Church

  • 17 May 2014 1:45-5pm

Join in with this vintage motorcade formed of the coolest cars from the 50s and 60s. Following the historic route taken by Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker in 1968, you'll take the country road from Helmsdale to Kildonan Church, enjoying beautiful views with every step. Once at the church, there will be a moving re-dedication of the memorial plaque unveiled by Diefenbaker to his Scottish ancestors and you'll have the chance to learn more on the life of this prominent politician and his Scottish connections. You'll also be able to browse through the display of ‘Diefen Crofts’ models illustrated with stories by local school children.