Timespan aims to actively engage people with the built, natural and cultural heritage of Helmsdale and its surrounding area.

We do this through maintaining an imaginative and informative museum experience; by conserving and celebrating our collections and by coordinating a diverse and engaging programme of heritage events around our core themes of:

  • Crofting
  • Clearances
  • Kildonan Gold Rush
  • Emigration
  • Sites and Monuments
  • Local trades – especially fishing
  • Geology
  • Genealogy

Our focus is on the history and heritage of the Strath of Kildonan and East Sutherland and putting that in a national context. The addition of the storytelling room to the museum following our redevelopment in 2007 is a fantastic feature, retelling old myths and legends. Our multi-faceted collection illustrates many aspects of past ways of life with re-creations of a croft, byre, smithy, and shop. Other displays present the area’s archaeology, geology and natural history. There is a wealth of information to be found in our archive where you can carry out your own research or we can do it for you.

Jump into our heritage area to find out more on:

Our Museum

Our Collection

Our Archive

Our Current Heritage Project