The excavation has finished. The soil and turf replaced. The finds have been carefully cleaned and catalogued. And this week I’ve had the time and space to reflect on all of the activities of the last month. For most of this residency, I’ve been very focused in on the excavation and I’ve not moved far…

Photograph the abandoned croft houses of Gartymore With Carolyn Lefley Saturday 13th July 11am – 1pm Meet at the Timespan entrance at 11am Current Timespan Artist in Residence Carolyn Lefley will lead a ‘photo ramble’ to explore the abandoned croft houses of West Helmsdale and Gartymore. Join Carolyn for a two hour walk, at a…

The Timespan community excavation of an early 19th century longhouse finished last Sunday. I am currently Artist in Residence at Timespan, and have been working alongside the two-week excavation. I have been keeping a regular blog, which reveals my work in progress. Last week was yet another busy week, in which two undergraduate students from…

With the turf laid back and the archeologists away, we thought it would be a good time to look back at all the exciting finds that have been uncovered over the past two weeks. And don’t forget, even though the excavation has finished, all these finds and more are currently on display in the community…

Scottish Fossils: An Illustrated Talk by Prof. Nigel H. Trewin | 2 July 2013 | 7 pm   Join us at Timespan for a fascinating illustrated talk on Scottish Fossils given by Prof. Nigel H. Trewin from Aberdeen University. Scotland has an amazing variety of geology for such a small country and boasts some of…

Last week was the first week of the excavation of the longhouse at Caen. It’s been an exciting and busy time for all involved. In the seven days since my last blog post the excavation team have dug down into the longhouse to reveal its walls, cobbled floor and a wonderful number of ‘finds’. It…

It’s been a busy second week here for me in my role as Artist in Residence for Timespan. As part of my residency I’m keeping this blog to record my work in progress. I’ll be making new work in response to the excavation of the longhouse in the Caen settlement in the Strath of Kildonan….

View north along the longhouse, with the hills of Caen in the background

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…

Longhouse exterior

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…

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

I’m a photographic artist who will be based at Timespan for the next two months. I arrived last Thursday night, after an epic two-day drive from London. The scenery was spectacular, particularly driving through the snow-capped mountains of the Cairngorms National Park. Having arrived shattered, Patty was there to help me unload my car and…

Realm installation shot

Opportunity   Remit: To provide the operational support necessary for the effective delivery of the Translocation Festival 2013. Reporting to: Heritage Officer and Director Salary: £3,954 (or invoiced equivalent) Hours: FTE Contract: Fixed term 3 months Location: Timespan, Helmsdale Application: Deadline for completed application forms – Monday 10 June 2013, 12 noon; interviews to be…

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