Why we’re doing it and what we want to find out! An investigation and re-evaluation of the ‘Highland Home’: How it has changed over the last 200 years and its impact on family life. The investigation work at Lower Caen can be viewed as a pilot which will inform and instruct future excavation work at…

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Translocation 1813-2013 Caen Longhouse Excavation 8th-23rd June Volunteer Information (On site facilities) Work at the site will take place from 9.30am till 4.30pm Transport can be arranged to and from the site from Timespan– prior notice required if possible Water A chemical toilet A tent will be erected for shelter, tea breaks and lunches etc…

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Translocation 1813-2013 Caen Longhouse Excavation 8th-23rd June The settlement is located a few miles north of the fishing village of Helmsdale along the Strath of Kildonan road. It is located in a narrow valley along the banks of a tumbling burn that flows into the Helmsdale River.                …

A visit to Caen during the geophysical survey

An 8 mile walking venture in commemoration of the tenants who walked from Kildonan to Golspie 200 years ago.   Saturday 9th February 2013 at 1.30pm from Kildonan train station to Lothbeg via the Glen Loch road (approx 3.5h). Transport: You can take the train, 13:09 Helmsdale – 13:22 Kildonan. We will have 2 cars…

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  On the 10th of February 1813 – two hundred years ago – a small group of men and women from Kildonan and the surrounding areas rose up in a brief but unsuccessful resistance against the Improvements implemented by the Countess and Marquis of Sutherland. 10:00am – 12:00pm: Historical Tour (limited numbers – please book to come on…

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A series of discussions based around a creative re-imagining of the Highland Clearances, featuring presentations, special speakers and panels, as well as open-debates in Timespan’s Cafe. Presented by artist Anthony Schrag. 22 January, 4pm. How Are The Clearances Still Happening? 26 January, 11am. What If The Clearances Had Never Happened? 30 January, 6pm. What Is…

Three talks from the Canadian travel film diary of Timespan’s Jacquie Aitken Book your Pre-talk dinner now! I am delighted to bring you a series of three talks about my recent exciting trip to Canada where I attended many events organised for the the Bicentenary of the Selkirk Settlers Red River Settlement 1812-2012 (now Winnipeg). I knew that people back in Helmsdale would be keen to see the events…

Bicentenary parade at The Forks, Winnipeg

Self funded residency by Carolyn Lefley, Aug 2012 I’m a London based photographic artist who has recently finished a two-week research residency at the Artist’s Flat at Timespan. I came to Helmsdale to develop my long-term photography project ‘Realm’. In ‘Realm’  (2009- ) I have constructed double exposure photographs that combine analogue and digital techniques. …

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“There should be blood….and not little of it” Saturday 6th October Meeting at Timespan Car Park at 10.15 am (finishes at 3.30 pm) To book a place – archive@timespan.org.uk or 01431 821327 Car sharing/petrol donation. Please let us know if you have a car or need a lift. An archaeological tour of the places associated…

Suisgill, Strath of Kildonan

Trans-Atlantic Bicentenary Project 1813-2013                   The year is 1813, the place is the Strath of Kildonan in Sutherland and the events that took place were some of the most notorious episodes in Scottish history – the infamous Highland Clearances! In 2013, Timespan, a museum in the far…

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Festival of British Archaeology From prehistoric sites to clearance townships! Moderate to difficult walking conditions on the slopes of Learable Hill in the Strath of Kildonan. Requirements Packed lunch/walking boots/waterproof jacket/sun cream/ camera/binoculars. Minibus available £3. Meet at Timespan car park 9.45am. Enquiries Tel: 01431 821327 Email: archive@timespan.org.uk    

Aerial photograph of Learable Hill in Kildonan
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