Gairloch Heritage Museum
About this Organisation
Gairloch Heritage Museum is an independent museum in the Wester Ross region of Scotland.
The museum takes you on a journey through time showing how local people lived and worked in Gairloch through the ages.
Marvel at how stone age and bronze age people existed with relatively limited technology and (to us) primitive utensils. Fathom the mysteries of a Pictish symbol stone. Examine the crofting tools of a more recent age that still relied on skill rather than technology. Relive life in the croft house, the school room and the village shop that are all a world away from the Internet. Imagine the locals joining in an impromptu ceilidh at the end of another hard day on the croft, sustained by the produce of the dairy but fuelled by the product of the illicit whisky still. Examine the locally built and owned fishing boats and compare the rigours of earning a living off the sea in these small, open craft with today's purpose-built, sea-going trawlers. Reflect on the relief of the seaman as the beam from one of the largest lenses assembled by the Northern Lighthouse Board guides him to safety without the help of radar or satellite navigation.
In 2017-18, Gairloch Heritage Museum was granted funds from Heritage Lottery to carry out its commemoration of the Centenary of the First World War project. As part of this project, its researchers have created a database using some of the information from “Na Gaisgich: The Heroes of Gairloch Parish, World War I” by Ann Roots and William MacRobbie. This invaluable book details almost 500 people who lived in Gairloch and served King and country, 1914-1918.
You can search the summary database by name, home address, regiment/role and service, including medals awarded and, if relevant, place of burial or commemoration. We have added sections of photographs (including of objects) and documents from the Museum’s collection and archives. There is also a list of where you might research further. If you can tell us more of the local stories of the Great War, please do contact us.
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