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The Atholl Country Life Museum of Farming and Country Life, Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland

Exciting opportunities at The Atholl Country Life Museum!

Atholl Country Life Museum is searching for Volunteers in all capacities!

Firstly, after a successful 35 years, the Trustees are looking for someone to help run the Museum as the founder, John Cameron, has now retired.

The Museum has been run as a charity on a voluntary basis since 2004 with 10 Trustees, a group of Volunteers and advice from a qualified Mentor.

This 'new' position is a worthwhile, rewarding position for someone interested in people and who can assist in some way in the museum or with portraying stories of how life was lived in this interesting Highland Village and the surrounding Glens.

The Museum has close contacts with most organisations in this small friendly village, which welcomes new comers. All this provides good opportunities for making new friends when people come to the village.

In addition to looking for someone to run the museum we are looking for VOLUNTEERS! No museum experience is necessary but persons with a love of Atholl, the history of Atholl & the Glens and anybody who could contribute 2 or 3 hours a week to help make the Museum thrive would be most welcome to join our team!

If you feel that you fit the bill to fill John's shoes, or you'd like to help out in any other way, please contact Rory Fraser 2fraser@greenbee.net Tel 01796 481349, John Cameron johnmonzie2@gmail.com Tel 01796 481232, or Lydia Busby lydiabusby.pitlochry@gmail.com Tel: 01796 474180

2017 Newsletter

Here we are again in the New Year. Hope you have all had a good summer!

Museum attendance was slow earlier in 2016 but from August onwards there was a brisk rise in visitors, especially from abroad. Unfortunately, both our Highland Fun Nights were cancelled due to the heavy rain. However, the loss in fund raising was partly set off by an enjoyable Quiz Night.

Libby MacRae has been organising very interesting and successful talks; Polly Freeman gave us a wonderful evening, relating the beauties and attractions of Glen Tilt. On another evening Jamie Troughton brought to life an intriguing story on the establishment of village architecture.

An added, new dimension of three cruck frames have been installed in the Museum from a building at Tomnabrac in Glen Fender, believed built c. 1880.

In the later season of 2016 we were fortunate to find three new volunteers, all living in the Tilt Caravan Park. Sallie Wrath and Ann Mobbs helped out on the entrance desk, whilst Mike Scott did similar work along with his trial of keeping the museum open daily after we would normally close in order to attract the Enchanted Forest visitors! This proved a worthwhile venture.

The Auld New Year celebrations were a great success in the Village Hall on Friday 13 th Jan 2017. Many people came and enjoy the lively and entertaining programme of music, dancing, Tam o Shanter, singing, a Highland supper then a hearty welcome for the new year at Midnight.

John Cameron retired at the end of Dec 2016 and sends his sincere thanks to everyone for all the support to the Museum in so many different ways over the last 35 years. Without your help it would never have been so effective! Much work is involved in the Museum from looking after the whole collection to publicity and manning the desk. If you would like to help, please contact us.

Very Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!

From all of us at the Museum

Atholl Country Life Museum
Blair Atholl
Pitlochry
Perthshire
PH18 5SP

Registered Scottish Charity no. SCO 35882
Company no.SC 273291
Photographs courtesy of www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk