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Work continues on Glencoe Folk Museum

Design work is advancing on Glencoe Folk Museum’s £1.3m lottery-funded redevelopment, scheduled to open in 2023.


Peter Drummond Architects and exhibition designers, Mather & Co, are working with staff and the local community to create a vibrant attraction, fit for the 21st century whilst retaining the traditional look and charm of the original.

Founded in the 1960s by members of the community, the Museum holds over 6,000 artefacts and chronicles daily life in the Glencoe area between the 17th and 21st centuries. The redevelopment plans include the erection of a new building at the back of the Museum’s historic listed cottages, creating a new reception area, gift shop and exhibition space. Improving visitor access is a key priority, as is improving the display conditions of the more vulnerable objects in the collection.

A highlight of the new displays will be an immersive projection and audio feature placing visitors in a MacDonald cottage on the night of the infamous 1692 Massacre of Glencoe. The exhibition will bring to life the personal stories of the Massacre and give a clear understanding of the religious, political, and cultural environment that allowed such an atrocity to take place.

The redevelopment will also restore the Museum’s listed 18th century cottages, the only surviving genuine heather-thatched structures in the area. Funding from the Pilgrim Trust has been secured to renew the thatch and help the Museum ensure its long-term preservation. It is planned to complement this traditional natural roof with a new “living” roof on the extension.

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