03 December 2013Homes and Heritage Report Available
24 November 2013Talk at the Archive Centre
Wednesday, 4th Dec, 5pm. Highland Archives Centre, Inverness
The Integration of Scottish Highland Communities: the Material Culture.
Talk by Dr Thomas Brochard, University of Aberdeen, organised by UHI Centre for History and Highland Archive Centre.
15 November 2013Researching the Family History
Our next talk takes place on Thursday 21st November at 7.30 in Cromarty West Church Hall, when the speaker will be Jonathan McColl.
Jonathan is Irish-Canadian with good Highland ancestry, now based in Dingwall. In his day job he trains people in software applications, but when let out may be seen with hat, talc and spade in graveyards noting monumental inscriptions. He has worked on Dingwall's historical record and family trees and has given talks to various groups.
This illustrated talk will show how Jonathan developed an interest in his own family history, starting from the encouragement of his grandmother. He explores the different walks of life of his ancestors in the places where they were born and grew up to live and work, and where their adventures took them. He will share the research methods he employs, which anyone can use for their own enjoyent, and add their own pieces to the giant jigsaw of history.
21 October 2013'Feats of Clay' in North Kessock
North Kessock History Society is carrying out a big project this year, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund - "Feats of Clay" - based on the finds at the pre-development excavation at Bellfield Meadows, North Kessock. The National Museums of Scotland are very interested in some fragments of moulds from the late Bronze Age used for casting bronze sickles, the first such evidence for casting these tools to be found in Britain and Ireland. They have already started on locating sources of clay which may have been used to create these moulds. They have 17 possible sites so far and the fittest are heading out into the field shortly to take some samples.
Susan Kruse from ARCH is leading the activities which will include three Wednesday evening courses in the Mission Hall, North Kessock, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, starting Wed 18th Sept. to take a closer look at the Bronze Age in North Kessock and the wider Moray Firth area. These meetings are open to anyone interested in finding out more about the community who lived in Bellfield nearly 3000 years ago. For further details, see the Society's website.
09 October 2013Tent Pegs and Treasures
Our next meeting, on 17th October, features local metal detectorist Eric Soane.
Eric started his career as a gunsmith and engineer. Following a move to Inverness in 1974, he worked in Social Work until retirement in 1989. He was then able to devote time to his hobbies, including Metal Detecting.
Over the last 14 years, Eric has become one of the top suppliers of artefacts to the Treasure Trove system. Eric will show his metal detecting equipment and the modifications he has made to suit his own style and will relate the fascinating story of his local finds, some of which are now on show at Inverness Museum.
06 October 2013Exhibition a resounding success
As promised, the Cromarty Homes and Heritage project went out with a bang at the weekend when between 250 and 300 people flooded into the Victoria Hall for the final Exhibition. First up, on Friday afternoon, were the children of Cromarty Primary School - along with their teachers and many of their parents and grandparents. They were there for an Exhibition Preview, and to show off the work relating to the CHH Project which they had produced - essays, pictures of their own homes and cardboard models of buildings in the town - some with flashing lights! The school was presented by Cromarty Arts Trust with a 'Creative Cromarty' trophy in recognition of their outstanding and imaginative work.
On Friday evening, it sometimes seemed as if all Cromarty was in the hall for the official Launch event. With catering by the Sutor Creek cafe, everyone had a terrific time, and the evening became as much of a social event as an Exhibition. So much so, that many of the people there on Friday evening returned on the Saturday to get an opportunity to study the exhibits at their leisure. For those unable to be there, the photo below gives an idea of what you missed. It was a walk around Cromarty, with photos and prose extracts from the oral history 'Memories' sessions covering every part of town. The children's work, the entries for the Art Trust's 'Creative Cromarty' competition, an information board about the archaeological dig at the Reeds Park, and a succession of historic images projected onto a screen on the stage, all added to what was an event to remember. Cromarty History Society is proud to be among the principal sponsors of this outstanding event.
25 September 2013Digital Dissolution for Homes and Heritage
The outstandingly successful digital presence of the Cromarty Homes and Heritage Project will soon be no more. With the winding up of the Project after the final Exhibition in the Victoria Hall on 4/5 October, both the website and the Facebook pages will be going off-air. Literally thousands of people from all over the world have been accessing these two sites since early this year - enjoying the images of Cromarty people and places, reports of the the oral history 'Memories' sessions, and reading the snippets of Cromarty history in the weekly 'Sandy's Blog' page on the website.
So if you want to catch them before they disappear, you can find them at the following addresses:
20 September 2013Homes and Heritage Exhibition