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Tuesday 3 August, 2021, Online

Making Geological Maps with Professor Rob Butler

Geologists make maps of the distribution of the earth’s surface (and in the subsurface) but these are far more than simply spatial catalogues of rocks. Geological maps create pictures of the 3D structure of the earth – and illuminate the earth's history. This fully illustrated talk looks at how mapping has created geological knowledge in north-west Scotland – both onshore and offshore. 


Saturday 14 August, 2021, Online and In-person 4.00pm

The Shiant Isles with Adam Nicolson

Adam Nicolson, former owner of the Shiant Isles and author of Sea Room, will give an illustrated presentation, sharing stories about life on the island. Presented online and in the museum, the talk will be about 40 minutes with an opportunity to ask questions at the end.


Saturday 21 August, 2021, In-person 3.00pm

Seanta / Charmed [Poems for the Shiants] with Brian Hill

Brian Hill reads his series of poems written for the Spirit of Beyond Exhibition.

Brian has written poems reflecting the work of various artists, several inspired by Alison Dunlop’s work. His fascination with The Shiants began after reading Adam Nicolson’s ‘Sea Room’. His long connection to Gairloch provides him with the sense of time, land- and sea-scapes unique to Wester Ross.

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Tuesday 24 August, 2021, Online

Seabird Islands with Robin Reid

The wildlife of the Shiant Isles will be presented by RSPB Conservation Officer, Robin Reid. These spectacular islands are home to around 100,000 pairs of breeding seabirds making this one of the most important and arresting seabird colonies in Scotland.


Past Talks

From Prehistory to the Present: Surveying the Coastal Archaeology of Wester Ross by Dr Steph Piper

Around every peninsula and sea loch of Atlantic Scotland there are remains of coastal communities that span millennia, waiting to be recorded and uncovered before they vanish into the sea. This talk presents the preliminary results of a coastal survey and archaeological excavation at Loch Ewe, Wester Ross, undertaken in search of the Highland’s prehistoric inhabitants. To view the talk click here.    

Gairloch and the Mackenzies by Dr Karen Buchanan

Mackenzie families have owned the lands of Gairloch since 1494 and many sites throughout the parish are associated with the history of the Mackenzies of Gairloch.  Dr Karen Buchanan, Curator of Gairloch Museum, takes us on a journey around some of these sites, telling the stories of the Lairds and their families through objects in Gairloch Museum’s collection. To view the talk click here.    

Londubh Burial Ground by Jim Buchanan

The Londubh Burial Ground, Poolewe, together with its ruined chapel and Pictish symbol stone are recognised to be very special. They are thought to date back prior to any local written history, into at least the mediaeval period and possibly to the earliest Christian period. Local resident Jim Buchanan helped survey the site and shares his conclusions. To view the talk click here.

Revealing Tantallon Castle

Archaeologist Adrian Cox talks about Tantallon Castle, a dramatic 14th-century fortress overlooking the Forth Estuary, describing some of the recent conservation, archaeological research and interpretation work that has helped us to understand it better. To view the talk click here.

The Poolewe Hoard

In 1877, a hoard of nine bronze objects was recovered from a peat bog at Poolewe, Scotland, including axeheads, rings and an ornament. The hoard is now on display at Gairloch Museum. Dr Matthew Knight, Senior Curator of the Chalcolithic and Bronze Age collections at National Museums Scotland, considers the wider context of the hoard in Scotland and Britain. To view the talk click here.

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