The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute, in partnership with the Yarrows Heritage Trust, are preparing for a fourth season of excavation at the Burn of Swartigill in Thrumster, Caithness, Scotland. Previous seasons of excavation at the site have uncovered a complex of Iron Age structures, which are providing an important window into Iron Age society away from the monumental architecture of the Brochs.
Family history enthusiasts from across Scotland and beyond will gather in Caithness this month for a major one-day conference. Wick's Pulteney Centre Saturday is the venue on Saturday, April 27th for the annual conference of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies (SAFHS) under the title of Northern Roots.
We are almost at the start of our new season at Mary Anne's Cottage in Dunnet. Recruiting volunteers has become increasingly difficult these last few years, and with the 1st May looming we are realising that we will possibly be struggling this season with who we have; two of our regulars have opted to become ‘standby', meaning they are only able to help on an emergency basis.
Talks have taken place on the possibility of reopening Thurso's Caithness Horizons which closed last week due to financial problems. The operators of the museum and art gallery said increasing running costs and reduced income had made the running of the site "unsustainable".
An evening talk revealing the fascinating story of Frances Purves (1829 - 1900) from Thurdistoft Farm.
An exhibition at Castletown Heritage.
Caithness Family History Society's first talk of the New Year will be in a new venue; Thurso Library. The speaker will be Caitlin Morrison, a history teacher at Wick High School.
On Saturday, 1st September 2018 we are having a brooch making day with Joanne Kaar teaching techniques etc. There are still a few places so if you wish to take part phone 01847 821 120 which is the Centre.
CAITHNESS FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY (Scottish Registered Charity No. SC029848) has published 8 books which can help with family history research.
After its winter break, Caithness Family History Society has restarted its "help" sessions for those who would like to research their family history, or need advice on how to continue. If you are interested, go along to the CFHS office in Caithness Horizons, Old Town Hall, Thurso, between 2pm and 4pm on any Saturday afternoon or on the last Wednesday afternoon of any month.
Castletown Heritage Centre, Harbour Road, Castletown. Saturday 21st November 2015..
Castletown Heritage Centre, Harbour road, Castletown. Every Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday - 2.00pm - 4.00pm..
Castletown Heritage Centre, Harbour Road, Castletown Tuesday 24th November 2015 - 7.30pm..
Centre For Nordic Studies, UHI Awarded Funding To Work With Caithness Horizons Museum To Develop The Caithness Viking Festival. Northern Scotland despite its Viking heritage does not have a modern Viking Festival.
Tuesday 11th August saw local group No Limits Caithness visit the Museum for a morning packed with Viking activities with Curator Joanne Howdle, or Thordis Eiríksdóttir as she is fondly known to local groups and schools. The group helped the Museum to hit the half million visitors mark and to celebrate they were presented with a special cake made in the Museum's cafe.
Saturday 15th August Join Melissa and Romain of the School of Ancient Crafts as we explore how plants and herbs were used in the past. This workshop will include a spot of foraging as well as making soap with native herbs, using pot-boilers (hot stones) to heat milk and make a soft cheese, baking bread next to an open fire, and much more! Join us again on Sunday 16th August to learn how to build a prehistoric oven in which we will bake fish and bread.
Join Museum Mascot Peter the Penguin and natural historian Neil Redgate to learn why Museums collect and preserve biology collections. Thursday 6th August, 10.30am-12.30pm Suitable for children ages between 7 &12 years.
Castlehill lies just outside Castletown, Caithness. The area was once famous for its flagstone industry and the nearby harbour is evidence of that.
Cafe Exhibitions Thurso Gala primary school art competition exhibition 6th July - 31st July Gallery Exhibitions Hazel Cashmore 5th June - 30th August Special Events Craft Market Saturday 11th July, 11am – 3pm Local makers display and sell their wares at the first of our Summer Craft Markets. We'll host another market in July and then one again in August.
This article was published in the Caithness field club Bulletin Westside Croft (Mary's Cottage), Caithness A Fenton I have known Westside croft at Dunnet Head in Caithness since the 1960s. Then and in the 1970s, I carried out an examination of the buildings and their contents with the willing help and support of James and Mary-Ann Calder.