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Beechwood farm cottages live on at the Highland Folk Museum

02 March 2012

Traditional cast iron guttering salvaged from the Inverness Campus site has been donated to the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore, it will be used in the museum's latest restoration project.

The guttering was offered to the museum by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) after it was found on properties demolished when work officially began on the major development last month.

The gutters will be used for the restoration of a Shinty Pavilion which may be moved to the museum from Foyers and will also complete an original Shell depot found in Kingussie, the materials needed to fully reinstate the buildings were unavailable until now. The oil depot dates back to 1928 and was re-erected by the museum in 1999. The depot is one of many new additions to the Newtonmore based museum which helps to demonstrate how our Scottish Highland ancestors lived and worked.

Ian Thorburn, Senior Development Manager with HIE, said: "Inverness Campus is set to play a pivotal role in the future of the Highlands and Islands. However, whilst building for our region's future we must not forget about the past.

"We hope that by donating these traditional building materials, we are helping the museum continue to educate younger generations about the history of the Highlands and Islands." 

Bob Powell, Principal Museum Officer for the Highland Folk Museum, said: "We are delighted that these materials are not going to waste. We try to make our buildings as authentic as possible and this opportunity was too good to miss.

"We like to think of our museum as an 80 acre glass case full of traditional Highland buildings that we relocate and preserve. The guttering is ideal for the Shell depot project."


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