Highland Council In Talks To Reopen Caithness Horizons
28th February 2019
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".
A "positive meeting" has since taken place with Highland Council.
Opened in 2008, its collection includes Pictish stones and a control room from the Dounreay nuclear power complex.
Highland Council and Dounreay have offered grant funding since it opened but recently began to cut back on funding. Highland council has been forced to make several cuts in leisure grants to a range of organisations with Eden Court Theatre seeing the biggest grant cut.
In a statement, the operators said: "A positive meeting has been held with the Highland Council to discuss possible options for long-term financial stability to allow Caithness Horizons to reopen.
More meetings will be held incoming weeks to work on solutions.
The artefacts are in safe condition whilst the next steps are discussed with the Highland Council.
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.
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).