For 2022 we have events at the museum, outside and online. If you would like to be kept informed about our forthcoming events, please sign up to receive our newsletter.

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Plot and Character Development - which drives which? with David Palin

Tuesday May 17th, 7pm - 9pm

Gairloch Museum, £10 (inc refreshments)

Join author David Palin to discuss how the spark of an idea becomes a novel. David, a writer of dark psychological thrillers, sometimes touching the supernatural, will examine whether, during the creative process, the plot drives the characters or the characters drive the plot. This interactive discussion is an opportunity to share your ideas and partake in some creative writing.  

David, a Londoner and lover of the Highlands, is intrigued by the things that hide, often in plain sight, in the shadows beyond the light of our everyday lives. He has four published novels and is working on his fifth. 

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Scotland and the Cold War

with Dr Jim Gledhill

Thursday May 19th, 7.30pm - 8.30pm

Online, £3

For three decades, Scotland was on the frontline in a potential Third World War with the Soviet Union. From the 1960s the west of Scotland was home to Britain’s nuclear deterrent and a key strategic American submarine base. In this talk, Dr Jim Gledhill will examine the Cold War from a Scottish perspective and the importance of its heritage today.

Dr Jim Gledhill is Research Fellow at National Museums Scotland working on the project Materialising the Cold War. He was previously curator of social history at the Museum of London and York Castle Museum and regimental curator of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

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Peace march Edzell 1960
© National Museums Scotland

Protect and Survive leaflet
© National Museums Scotland

Museum Book Group 

In person meeting: Tuesday June 21st, 3pm - 4pm

On line meeting: Tuesday June 21st, 7.30pm - 8.30pm

Our next Museum Book Group read is Hex by Jenni Fagan. Telling a story set in the 16th Century, during the North Berwick witch trials, it is described as "a visceral depiction of what happens when a society is consumed by fear and superstition". 

If you would like to read along and join our friendly and informal group on Tuesday June 21st (with both an online and an in person option for participation) please get in touch to let us know. The group is free to attend. Donations welcomed.


Tapestry of the Highlands & Islands

Meeting dates to be confirmed


A team of volunteer embroiderers will be working on a panel for the Tapestry of the Highlands and Islands at Gairloch Museum.You do not need to be an experienced stitcher, the main thing is to have fun, so even if you’ve never tried it before but would like to be involved, please sign up to come along.

Anyone who wishes to join in should sign up on the Spirit of the Highlands website.  If you live in our area, you will be matched up with the group at the Museum. If you have any difficulty registering, just let us know and we can register you on your behalf.

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