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Award Winning Folk Museum

Posted on Friday, 19 November 2010 09:01AM by Highland News
Newtonmore in the heart of the Scottish Highlands is home to the Highland Folk Museum which has just won an award for the “Best Visitor Experience” in Scotland.  All the entries throughout Scotland were assessed on layout, content, and interaction between visitors and staff.  The Highland Folk Museum excelled in all areas.  The museum is a one-mile long, 80-acre living history site.  Situated near the Cairngorm Mountains, the site offers a combination of farmland, woodland, and open areas.  It portrays 200 years of Highland rural life, from the 1700s to the mid-1900s.  Collections on the site include several thousand agricultural items, as agriculture was the very basis for most Highland life; two thousand domestic items ranging from cooking to laundry, heating and lighting, and house furniture; a crafts, trades, and industries collection; applied arts, including silver and jewellery; textiles and costumes, which include tartan and hand-woven blankets; sports and pastimes, particularly shinty; archives and photographs; and the buildings themselves, which are a main part of the exhibit.  The museum runs all kinds of interpretation and activity programs, and also houses a shop, a café, picnic areas, and a playground.  This is an ideal day out for the family and a chance to get a real feel for the history of the Scottish Highlands.  Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy an award-winning Highland attraction.  Visit www.highlandfolk.com for more information.