In 2013, it is the 200th anniversary of the first major Clearances in Kildonan and to truly celebrate this event, globally, Timespan has developed a project to engage our wider community and visitors to the area. For this project, we plan to put a clearance trail into the Strath of Kildonan using digital technologies – such as a smart phone application – and traditional methods. We plan to put this trail online and make connections with settlements around the globe that contain people who left these lands 200 years ago – in particular growing our relationship with the Red River Settlement in Winnipeg, Canada. We aim to take the story out of the museum, into the environment around us and online becoming a ‘Museum without Walls’. This project will be of interest to locals and the thousands of people across the globe seeking information about their ancestors and will build up to a year long programme of events in 2013.
Nicola Henderson, Director of Timespan, said:
“We are delighted to receive this funding from Museums Galleries Scotland and Heritage Lottery Fund as this means we can now open up the story of the Strath of Kildonan to a whole new audience. For us, this project is a unique opportunity to engage our local community with the research on the Kildonan Clearances – linking the stories of the past with our lives today.”