13 February 2014Cromarty Archaeology Report
The dramatic storms and high tides of December 2012 eroded an area of shore below the Reeds Park in Cromarty, exposing layers of shell midden, ash and soil in which fish bone, animal bone and broken medieval pottery were found. Steven Birch, who lives in Cromarty and is director of West Coast Archaeological Services saw the potential of further investigation and the Cromarty Medieval Burgh Community Archaeology Project was set up. The fieldwork culminated in a hugely successful excavation in the summer of 2013, with volunteers of all ages enjoying the experience of working alongside professional archeologists.
This talk will bring us up to date with the findings of the dig and plans for the project in 2014.
17 January 2014Recording the Project
A new page has now been added to the Cromarty Homes and Heritage Website, namely a Project Archive. This has allowed us to retain a record, not of what was learned during the Project or of the stories told, but of how the Project was managed and delivered. Check it out here.
10 January 2014Historic Scotland on the Islands
Our first talk of 2014 takes place on Thursday 16th January at 7.30 in Cromarty West Church Hall, and is by the ever-popular Kenny Taylor.
Kenny is a freelance writer, broadcaster, photographer and performer who works in a wide variety of media, including books, magazines, film, radio, web and stage. Between 2011 and 2013, he made a series of journeys for Historic Scotland. The challenge was to visit, photograph and blog about all the island-based properties in Historic Scotland’s care, from the Solway to Shetland and the Outer Hebrides to the Firth of Forth.
In this talk, Kenny will share his thoughts and images on these recent Island travels.
16 December 2013Cromarty Homes and Heritage is on HistoryPin!
One condition of the Heritage Lottery funding of the Cromarty Homes and Heritage Project was that a digital record of the project should be added to the HistoryPin weebsite. You can have a look here.
12 December 2013Christmas Crackers
Cromarty History Society’s Christmas meeting is a wonderful medley of entertainments put together by committee members.
The evening opens with a short film on Hugh Miller. This was created by student Holly Allen who herself has Cromarty connections and includes contributions from two local historians.
This will be followed by a short talk on an inspiring Cromarty hero, James Thomson, by History Society member Mary Bowers. Have you looked up at the gable wall of a house at the top of Church Street and spotted a blue plaque which is dedicated to him? If you have wondered just who he was, this is the talk that will tell you more.
The final part of the evening is a fun quiz to test your knowledge of local history with a prize for the winner, followed by festive mulled wine and mince pies.
Hope to see you all there!