Museums

Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther

Scottish Fisheries Museum

By Stephanie Bunn One of the best parts of this project is getting to visit many of Scotland’s wonderful museums, and the Fisheries Museum is one of these. It has a collection of East Coast fishing baskets which is second …Continue reading “Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther”

The Hope MacDougall Collection, Dunollie Castle, Oban

A basketry wheel barrow at the Hope MacDougall Collection

 By Stephanie Bunn A fortuitous meeting at the Fisheries Museum in Anstruther led to a very quick decision to visit Dunollie Castle and the Hope MacDougall Collection in Oban. Catherine Gillies, long term manager, keeper and general champion of the …Continue reading “The Hope MacDougall Collection, Dunollie Castle, Oban”

Skye Museum of Island Life, Kilmuir

Skye Museum of Island Life

By Stephanie Bunn While Jon and I were on Skye, Caroline Dear invited us to her studio, where her work revealed a profoundly impressive exploration of the potentials of heather, hair moss and other materials. She also recounted several local stories, including one …Continue reading “Skye Museum of Island Life, Kilmuir”

Highland Folk Museum, Kingussie

Frame basket at the Highland Folk Museum QP22

By Stephanie Bunn Frame basket at the Highland Folk Museum QP22 Rachel Chisholm, curator at the Highland Folk Museum, had been very helpful with preparation for the visit, sending us a comprehensive print out of the collection in advance. With …Continue reading “Highland Folk Museum, Kingussie”

National Museum of Rural Life, Kittochside

Tattie scull with handle

By Stephanie Bunn The National Museum of Rural Life lies south of Glasgow, in the Central Belt and is a part of the National Museum of Scotland. It has been built up on what was formerly a working farm, and …Continue reading “National Museum of Rural Life, Kittochside”

Shetland Museum

Ian Tait, Director of Shetland Museum, in the museum store, with a large wool basket

Ian Tait, the director of Shetland museum, has been a great correspondent during this project. Despite the great demands on his time, Ian devoted the whole day to me when I visited with Jon in 2012. This began with a …Continue reading “Shetland Museum”

Tangwick Haa, Shetland

Tangwick Haa, in the north-west, has several examples of kishies and a flakkie (mat for winnowing oats) made by Lowrie Copland, all made from straw. By Stephanie Bunn

Unst Boat Museum, Shetland

Unst Boat Museum

Unst Boat Museum has some great examples of fishing baskets, along with wonderful interpretation of the migration of fisher-lassies to this most northerly island in the UK. By Stephanie Bunn

Strathnaver Museum

Strathnaver museum collection

Here is the basket collection at Strathnaver Museum, Sutherland from Joanne B Kaar.

Museum nan Eilean, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

Cliff rescue helmet, Museum Nan Eileann, Dawn Susan

  I went to the depository of Museum nan Eilean in February 2012 to see what baskets they had in store there. You need to contact the museum in advance to see these baskets as only a few are out …Continue reading “Museum nan Eilean, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis”