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Crannog Blog

Crannog Apprentices - The First Week!

Digital Marketing Apprentice Toby interviews his colleagues about their few weeks working at the Scottish Crannog Centre!

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Sketching Scotland

Find out all about the new online series here!

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Kat's Week on Placement

Find out how student Kat got on volunteering at the Crannog Centre in February!

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From Seed to Plant to Colour

Textile Interpreter Jason talks about this experience this past year learning about dyeing plants in Iron Age Scotland.

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Skills for Success 2019

Our Skills for Success Trainee Ellen recently featured in a case study video for the programme - click here to watch it!

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Revealing our "Opening the Box..." Refurbishment

The crannog team have been hard at work this past year, not only delivering a great experience to visitors through guiding and demonstrating Iron Age lifestyles, but also working on completing the exhibition refurbishment which began back in February.

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Barnaby Brown September Residency

Ancient Music Expert Barnaby Brown joined the Scottish Crannog Centre for a week-long residency, sharing his knowledge and expertise of lyre building with Kenmore Primary School and the Aberfeldy Ukulele Band.

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From Deerskin to Leather

Our Crannog Technology Interpreter Emma was gifted a fresh roe deerskin and so began the 12-week saga of tanning her first piece of leather...

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My Life as a Museum Novice - The Last Month

Skills for Success trainee Ellen talks about her final month on the programme.

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A load of hot air! - Bellows and Crannog Iron

The challenge is to smelt iron - it is the Iron Age we're interpreting at the Scottish Crannog Centre after all, and iron was their new state of the art material!

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Breadalbane Academy Take Over the Crannog Cafe!

Breadalbane Academy paid the Scottish Crannog Centre a visit and took over the outdoor cafe. Community Archaeologist Rachel has written about her experience with the students.

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My Life as a Museum Novice - A Trip to Holyrood

Our Skills for Success Trainee Ellen was invited to attend the Scottish Parliament in May along with her Museums Galleries Scotland colleagues.

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"International Museums Day" Event

To celebrate International Museums Day, the Crannog Centre was host to a range of local guests for an evening of entertainment! Performers Rona Wilkie and Sally Simpson gave us their thoughts...

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The last snow of spring - A love story!

Following the success of last year's handfasting ceremonies, we decided to do it again this year but over 2 days this time. We didn't really know what to expect but it turned out to be an amazing day as Graham Liney, our Iron Age Interpreter and Celebrant explains:

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My life as a museum novice - The People You Meet!

Skills for Success Trainee Ellen talks about the different people who visit the Scottish Crannog Centre.

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"Opening The Box" Project Update

Our collections team have been hard at work beginning the redevelopment of our exhibition space thanks to funding from Museums Galleries Scotland.

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"The Bridge That Connects..." Project Update

The centre has been very busy getting stuck into our 2019 HLF funded musical project with experts, musicians and choirs all getting a chance to see our artefacts and get inspiration for their upcoming musical performances!

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Our Dream - The Immersive Museum

Not everything is possible immediately sadly ... the Centre has been through a lot of changes in the past 12 months and, as much as we would love to be implementing the following plans, at the moment, they are part of our dream.

Dr Marco Gilardi, Dr Mario Soflano, Dr Derek Turner of the University of the West of Scotland put forward their ideas to develop an immersive museum at the Centre.

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My life as a museum novice - 6 months down, 6 to go!

With 6 months already under her belt, Ellen Pryde, our Skills for Success MGS Learner, contemplates the end of her year-long placement:

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February Poem #1

Throughout February we asked our visitors to write us two rhyming lines which would then be added to others and turned into a poem.

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Outreach at Albyn School

The centre's Outreach Team travels to give talks and demonstrations all over Scotland. Recently they travelled to Albyn School in Aberdeen where they were given a very warm welcome.

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Being a Community Archaeologist - Rich Hiden

A lot has changed at the Crannog Centre over the last 12 months: we spent our first year as a nationally accredited museum expanding what we deliver on a day to day basis and are now starting the renovations of our museum space. We aim to create a new immersive setting that enables us to showcase the fantastic collection of 2500-year-old artefacts in our care.

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It sounds like the Iron Age - Kim Walker Sound Artist

Kim Walker is an artist with a particular interest in sound and is the Centre's Artist in Residence. The residency, which runs from the end of January until the end of April, is supported by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH).

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My life as a museum novice - The Collection!

One of the major factors in running a successful museum is having a well-looked after collection. Without it, there is no point in even having a museum in the first place!

It's certainly a job I've certainly never had the chance to experience in any way, so being able to get hands-on practice during my placement is going to be really worthwhile.

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