Staff & volunteers
Gairloch & District Heritage Company Ltd is responsible for Gairloch Museum. The Board members are all volunteers who live in the parish. We don’t just go to meetings, but are all ‘hands-on’ when it comes to getting the jobs done. You can see who we are and what we do by reading the Minutes in the “Board Matters” section.
Karen is our professional curator, who ensures that all the artefacts, maps, photographs, films and documents are properly recorded, cared for and presented, whether on display or behind the scenes.
Susan and Barbara are responsible for ‘front-of-house’, so visitor services and retail. They also arrange extra events, such as Christmas at the Museum. Julia keeps everywhere clean and tidy, looking as smart as it did on the day we opened.
Without our army of ever-willing volunteers, the Museum would simply not exist, let alone open. Just for starters, volunteers welcome visitors, order the books, research genealogy queries, help with the record-keeping, translate Gaelic, polish the lighthouse lens, take guided walks, give talks, write booklets, cut the grass … in fact, do absolutely anything and everything, not to forget being the best bakers in town! In the film theatre you can hear some of them share their stories and see their photos of how life has changed since the AAOR was built in the early 1950s.
More than 120 local people helped make the ‘new Museum’ project a success. The efforts were recognised when we were honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Since we opened, many more people have offered their time and energies. If you would like to join us, then please let us know.
“What comes across strongly is that this is a community project and that the community has a genuine interest and pride in its past.”