The museum has a changing exhibition space which is usually updated at the beginning of the new season. For 2017 our temporary exhibition has two elements to it. We have a small exhibition created from the larger touring exhibition Speaking Out: Recalling Women’s Aid in Scotland. The touring exhibition celebrates the 40 Years of Scottish Women’s Aid. We have added our own information which focuses on how Women’s Aid support children and young people. The museum has run two sessions with children supported by Ross-shire Women’s Aid to create pieces of writing and artwork which is now on display in the museum.
The second part of the exhibition celebrates Women in Ross-shire and their contribution to their local communities. The Garve Work Society was formed just after WWII by Katie Bell who owned the Corriemoillie Estate, Garve. The aim of the society was to create employment for the local community through making products from local resources. These products would then be sold to provide an income for the community and funds for charitable causes.
Other women featured in the exhibition are Isabel MacKenzie who was a nurse at one of the local auxiliary hospitals during WWI and Mary Bruce who spent her life teaching in side schools in Easter Ross.
Katie Bell Isabel McKenzie Mary Bruce
We have also been fortunate to have been donated a beautiful quilt created by women across the Highlands with quilter Sheena Norquay. It was created in 2014 as part of the Year of Homecoming using the technique of Japanese folded circles over squares. We have included it as part of this exhibition.