12th - 18th October 2020

#MuseumPassion is a week-long celebration across the BBC's TV, Radio and Digital outlets. On Thursday 15 October, BBC Arts brings the UK's museums to a global audience with a full day of live events.  We are taking part in this celebration with the following events:


Wednesday 14th Oct

10am – 4pm: Archaeological Dig Day 1 

Archaeologist Tom Gardner will lead a live, public excavation on the Achtercairn Archaeology Trail. Over three days, together with some volunteers, he’ll be digging the roundhouse closest to the museum, which has not previously been studied. If you would like to help with the dig, email curator@gairlochmuseum.org to volunteer.  


Visitors are welcome to walk the Achtercairn Archaeology Trail and observe the team at work. The dig will be taking place between 10am and 4pm. You are kindly reminded to adhere to current advice on social distancing outside:


You can meet people outside in a public space in groups of up to 6 people from no more than 2 households (not counting under-12s).

Limit as far as possible the total number of households you meet in a day.

Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.


Thursday 15th Oct


We will be participating in an BBC event called #MuseumPassion on 15 October, as part of a season highlighting the work of museums which will feature on TV, radio and online. The BBC will host and highlight social media content throughout the day from museums, galleries and archives via the BBC Arts Website and across other BBC programmes and accounts.  Anyone can take part through their social media accounts. All you need to do is to use the hashtag #MuseumPassion when posting on your regular social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc.) from 1000-1700 on 15 October.


10am – 4pm: Archaeological Dig Day 2

The dig continues between 10am and 4pm (see above).  We will be live streaming from the dig on our Facebook page at 11am and 3pm as part of BBC Arts #MuseumPassion day.  So if you can’t come in person, join us online.


7.30pm Online Illustrated talk with Jeremy Fenton 

Jeremy Fenton introduces his new book Escaping Isolation, which tells the story of how the Gairloch area was connected to the rest of the country by road over time, and the changes this brought to the area.  This talk will be live streamed via Zoom and recorded.  Please email curator@gairlochmuseum.org to receive an invitation with a link to join.



Friday 16th Oct

10am – 4pm: Archaeological Dig Day 3 

The dig continues (see above for details).  We will reinstate the ground and record our findings.

Gairloch Museum, Gairloch, Ross-shire, IV21 2BH

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