Caithness Horizons Secures Funding For Viking Festival 2016
24th August 2015
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. However, Caithness Horizons Museum in Thurso is currently trying to secure the funding required to establish one, similar to, but unique from those that exist in other areas. Caithness Horizons is delighted to announce that in order to develop the interpretative content of the Viking Festival, that the Museum will be working with renowned Viking experts based at the Centre for Nordic Studies, UHI in order to ensure that the Caithness Viking Festival meets the highest levels of scholarship.
The development of the Caithness Viking Festival will increase visitor numbers to the Museum by raising awareness of Caithness as a must visit destination for visitors interested in the Viking Age. Collaboration with the Centre for Nordic Studies will help the Museum to build long-term relationships with academics, which will benefit interpretation and promotion of the Museum's Viking Age Collection.
The Centre for Nordic Studies has secured funding from the Innovation Voucher Scheme - Scotland for research costs to work with the Museum and benefit the local economy, through the development of the Viking Festival.
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".
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.
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.
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.
Thursday 15th May, 7pm – 9pm Talk – The Pictish and Early Medieval Sculpture of Caithness in detail and in context. FREE adult event Booking essential Talk by John Borland, Measured Survey Manager, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS).