England-based museum designer Mather & Co is working with Peter Drummond Architects to redevelop the Glencoe Folk Museum.
Housed in traditional 18th-century thatched-roof cottages, the Glencoe Folk Museum was founded in 1967 by Miss Barbara Fairweather MBE, Ms Rae Grant and friends.
The museum celebrates the rich history and history of Glencoe and its people – housing a collection of over 3,000 artefacts chronicling daily life and work in the region between the 17th and 21st centuries, from costumes and household items to a “Coffin Boat” used for transporting bodies to the local burial island, and even items related to the Jacobite Rebellion and the infamous Glencoe Massacre of 1692.
The work was made possible by a grant of Â£ 74,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund in Scotland to help the museum, with money raised by players in the National Lottery.
Museum curator Catriona Davidson said: âAs soon as we spoke to Mather, we knew they shared our vision to unlock the full potential of the museum. We all love their approach of taking our unique charm and all that is special about our museum and bringing it to life in new, fun and accessible ways. We can’t wait to see the designs!
Mather & Co has extensive experience in multi-site attraction development, heritage transformation projects and creative storytelling – their portfolio of work includes Inverness Castle, St Albans Cathedral, Gretna Green and Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings .
One of the goals of the Mather & Co project is to spark curiosity and challenge visitors to broaden their minds, learn new things from Glencoe’s past, present and future. The revamped museum will allow visitors of all ages to experience Glencoe’s history using their senses, through discovery, experimentation, hidden revelations, exploration and play.
Malissa Geersing, Project Designer at Mather & Co, said: âWe are delighted to start this truly inspiring project at the Glencoe Folk Museum. The museum will tell the incredible stories of the Glen and its turbulent history, experiences and the daily life of local communities.
âWe look forward to bringing together the voices of the communities, history and landscape of Glencoe and the surrounding area, delivering surprises, unexpected twists and inspiring moments. “
One of the objectives of the development phase of the new museum is to work with local communities – this will allow visitors to explore their heritage or that of others in a relevant and relevant way and to discover the context and history of their lives today.
The redevelopment of the museum is expected to be completed in 2023.