There's always something happening in and around the area and in further Argyll. Here are some events of note:
Winter Opening Hours
The Museum and Cafe is closed until 1st March 2017.
Kilmartin Museum will be running a series of illustrated evening talks. These will be held on the second Thursday of the month in the Living Stones Christian Centre, Kilmartin, Argyll, PA31 8UN from 7pm - 8.30pm. Talks are free although donations are always welcome.
Thursday 12th January 2017 - Dr Sharon Webb MBE, Hidden Treasures in the Museum Collection Store
An illustrated talk about some of the hidden treasures we have in the Musum - from real Vikings to Bronze Age treasure hordes - you'll be able to see them in the museum too!
Thursday 9th February 2017 - Dr Clare Ellis, Mesolithic to Medieval: Some Recent Archaeological Excavations in Argyll
A glance at the results of some recent excavations including the Mesolithic site of Carsaig, a previous unknown prehistory site on Iona, mysterious Barnashaig, fascinating Upper Largie and Medieval Lismore but to name a few!
Thursday 9th March 2017 - Brigadier John MacFarlane, A Giant Among Men: The Life & Times of Bishop John Carswell (1522? - 1572)
A look at the local and national situation of Argyll in the 16th Century, focusing on the contribution of Bishop John Carswell to the socio-political religious and literary life of the Church and society in Scotland of the time.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01546 510278. Funded by Argyll & Bute Council and Museum Gallieries Scotland.
The Access to Crofting Toolkit, two day introduction course is now fully booked. We are however, hosting several Added Value and Bitesize Skills courses as listed below. These course are open to anyone with an interest in the subject. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
The courses are funded via the Scottish Crofting Federation and cost £40 each course. For further information or to book a place contact: Donna on email@example.com or phone 01343 209384.
Croft Woodland Workshop - Saturday 18th February 2017 09.00 - 4.30pm with Gordon Gray-Stephens
This course will cover a variety of topics including; establishing a woodland, managing trees for timber, adding value to trees and timber, managing woods for shelter and stock, grants and licences, tree health and managing invasive species. The course will start with a short indoor session followed by a visit to local woods.
Additional funders allow this course to be offered free to exsisting crofters and smallholders.This course will cover a variety of topics including; establishing a woodland, managing trees for timber, adding value to trees and timber, managing woods for shelter and stock, grants and licences, tree health and managing invasive species. The course will start with a short indoor session followed by a visit to local woods.
Additional funders allow this course to be offered free to exsisting crofters and smallholders.
Introduction to Spinning - Saturday 18th March 2017 09.00-4.30pm with Bridie Pursey
Introducing equipment & processes involved in spinning wool (& other natural fibres): starting with raw fleece to making yarn with plenty of hands-on experience during the day. Discussion of application choices, with some examples to see & feel, with tips to improve techniques.
Introduction to Felting - Sunday 19th March 2017 09.00-4.30pm with Liz Gaffney-Whaite
Felting native wool fleece – practical uses for small scale felting projects. We will be using a range of Shetland, Hebridean, North Ronaldsay, Blue Faced Leicester and Texel wool. Teaching transferable skills of wet felting and needle felting on this experimental workshop. Lots of samples and ideas to be inspired by.
Dry Stone Dyking, Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th March 2017 08.45-5.30pm with Gordon Campbell & Doug Bartholomew
A practical two-day outdoor training course. The course will be held off site, meeting at the museum. Please bring steel toe capped boots/wellies, waterproof clothing, sun cream if a hot day & plenty of bottled water, some heavy rubber type gardening gloves, eye protection – eg builders googles, these don’t need to be worn all the time. Also a packed lunch, drinks & snacks each day.
Permaculture Design, Saturday 17th June 2017 09.00-5.30pm with Ed Tyler
Learn how to creatively (re)design your croft/site/garden using permaculture principles, with the result that you will get more diverse yields. Permaculture is a sustainable, resilient process which replicates the way nature works – come and find out about it.
The course will be held off site at a permaculture ScotLAND project with students travelling by minibus from the museum.
Animal Husbandry, Sunday 18th June 2017 09.00-5.30pm with Claire Shorthose (BVMS MRCVS)
By the end of this course, you will be able to correctly & safely catch, restrain & perform a health check on sheep, pigs, goats & poultry as well as gaining ‘hands on’ experience for routine healthcare procedures. This will cover techniques involved in routine animal husbandry including; foot trimming, shearing, ear tagging, milking (goats) and administering medication.
You will also handle & examine adult hens, chicks & young waterfowl; learn how to sex chicks, apply leg rings, clip wing feathers & spurs. There will also be an introduction to incubators and egg candling.
Horticulture, Saturday 1st July 2017 09.00-5.30pm with Patsy Dyer & Laura Skelton
The morning session will be held at the museum. Topics covered include; how to recognise common crop pest & diseases & deal with them in an environmental and sustainable way. Understanding a four-year crop rotation including plant families & plant requirements. Producing crops undercover including polytunnels, greenhouses & cold frames. In the afternoon there will be a site visit via minibus.
Saturday 4th March 2017, 10am to 4pm
Come to Kilmartin Museum with your saved seeds or surplus commercial seeds. Whether they are vegetable or flower, bring them along in packets labelled with the variety and either date collected or sow by date. Swap them and try something new or make a donation if you don’t have anything to swap.
This year we will be joined by the
br> Blarbuie Roots Project
Who are based on the Bowling Green at the top of Blarbuie Woodland, Lochgilphead. This community project is organically growing fruit, vegetables and plants. Come and find out about the project, growing your own food, renting a raised bed or volunteering.
Growing our own food is one of the most environmentally friendly things we can do!