The first ecomuseum in Scotland, the Skye Ecomuseum, will soon be offering visitors an enhanced experience.
The Skye Ecomuseum: Ceumannan now has a Programme Manager, Angus Murray from the Western Isles, who will help to rethink the museum installation and promote community opportunities.
Angus, who is currently working at Museum nan Eilean in Lews Castle, will be assuming his post in Summer 2017. He told The Skye Times: “The job will entail management of the Heritage Lottery Activity Fund.” The £522,000 grant, awarded in September 2016, will assist in improving the innovative Ceumannan, which was established around a decade ago.
The three-year long role of Programme Manager will involve developing the Ecomuseum project and reworking the interpretation that was put in place, on various sites of the Staffin area, including Lealt, Brothers Point, Garafad, Brogaig, Digg and Flodigarry.
Activities connected with the project will promote community engagement through schools and local history projects connected to archaeology, geology, natural history and Gaelic language. Angus stated: “We would potentially be targeting tourists on these topics, with guided walks on the local history and folklore.”
Angus, who previously studied the history and culture of the Highlands and Islands at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, is also currently working on a project of his own: finding a place to stay on the Isle of Skye. He revealed: “My grandmother lived in Skye as a teenager and my great uncle lived north of Portree all his life. At the moment, I'm looking to find somewhere to stay myself!” Angus will happily consider any options and said: “Anywhere near Portree or north Skye would be the most convenient, but I will consider any house, room or property to let.”
Getting local people involved forms an important part of Angus' role. “I want the community to feel involved with the interpretation and the tourism development of the area,” he remarked. “We have lots of interesting plans, including resources for schools and volunteer opportunities further down the line.”
How does Angus feel about his new role? He said: “I'm very excited to be coming to such a strong community with a fantastic identity. I'll be working with the Staffin Community Trust and think this is a great opportunity to deliver something really interesting and challenging.”