THREE museums in Ross-shire are benefiting from an award from Bord na Gàidhlig which will appoint a Gaelic development officer to promote the use of the language on their sites.
The Gairloch Museum, the Highland Museum of Childhood in Strathpeffer and the Applecross Historical Society will benefit from this programme.
The West Highland Museum in Fort William is also a recipient.
The officer will be responsible for identifying opportunities to use and promote the Gaelic language and exhibits in museums and creating outreach opportunities.
We hope this will create better bonds in Gaelic communities and encourage museum visitors to work on their Gaelic skills.
Dr Karen Buchanan, Curator at Gairloch Museum, who leads the project, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the four museums to take a strategic approach to integrating their heritage activities into Gaelic culture with the help of a Gaelic language heritage. The four museums involved want to increase their use of Gaelic within the museum and for outreach activities, but it has proven difficult to find Gaelic speaking volunteers within the communities to champion this goal.
“With the help of this new position we will be able to create bilingual displays, customize displays for Gaelic speakers and learners and design outreach boxes for Gaelic speaking groups. We will also create Gaelic materials for a new digital learning center that will connect Highland museums with teachers and students in Highland schools.
Shona NicIllinnein, ceannard, Bòrd na Gàidhlig added: “Bòrd na Gàidhlig welcomes this exciting new position which will strengthen the use of Gaelic in an area well known for its strong links to our language, culture and heritage.
“The work will contribute to the Gaelic National Plan aim of Gaelic being used more often, by more people and in a wider range of situations, and to the Gaelic Tourism Strategy for Scotland. to the Gairloch museum and its partners all the best with this innovative appointment.
The funding scheme will contribute £28,500 to the post.