Timespan Heritage Centre and Art Gallery

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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

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Talk: Exploring Scotland's Iron Age Sites

  • 18 May 2018 7:30-9pm

A fascinating talk from an archaeologist specialising in Scotland’s Iron Age. You'll also be the first to enjoy the sound art, stories and objects created at Timespan's other workshops across the Festival of Museums weekend.
Part of the 'Voices from the Roundhouse: Sounds of the Souterrain' weekend of events, exploring the acoustics and sounds of archaeological sites and interpreting them through creative voice narratives and objects from the museum's collection. The events will be led by an archaeologist, sound artist and storyteller, who will explore the sights and sounds of Iron Age roundhouses and underground passages and inspire participants with stories and creative making sessions.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free

Website

https://festivalofmuseums.com/events/exploring-scotland-s-iron-age-sites-2018

Discover Iron-Age Scotland: themed meal and quiz

  • 19 May 2018 6-9pm

Come along to Timespan for an evening of food and ferrous fun. The night will begin with a two-course Iron-Age themed meal. This will be followed by a quiz, where you can test your knowledge and win prizes. Contact Timespan for booking details.
Part of the 'Voices from the Roundhouse: Sounds of the Souterrain' weekend of events, exploring the acoustics and sounds of archaeological sites and interpreting them through creative voice narratives and objects from the museum's collection. The events will be led by an archaeologist, sound artist and storyteller, who will explore the sights and sounds of Iron Age roundhouses and underground passages and inspire participants with stories and creative making sessions.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£6.50

Website

https://festivalofmuseums.com/events/discover-iron-age-scotland-themed-meal-and-lecture-2018

Timespan Heritage Centre and Art Gallery
Dunrobin Street
Helmsdale
Sutherland
KW8 6JX
Scotland

Website

www.timespan.org.uk

Telephone

01431 821327

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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