About Tain Through Time
The visitor complex comprises three buildings set within the beautiful and peaceful grounds of St Duthac Collegiate Church.
The Pilgrimage is a modern visitor centre built in a 17th century schoolhouse in the churchyard. It tells the story of medieval pilgrimage to Tain in two colourful galleries using images and sound. There is a range of activities including dressing up and a CD tour of the town. The museum shop is in this building, which is on three floors with a wheelchair lift and a wheelchair accessible toilet.
King James IV of Scotland made at least 18 pilgrimages to the shrine of St Duthac in Tain between 1493 and 1513. James IV was an energetic and forward-looking ruler who was responsible for introducing a number of innovations to Scotland including printing and the country's first medical school. He was a pious man and expressed his guilt over his involvement in his father's murder at Sauchieburn in 1488 by wearing around his waist an iron chain to which a new link was added each year. He made regular pilgrimages to shrines across Scotland: these were opportunities for making his presence felt in the remote and sometimes unsettled parts of the country.
When you leave the Pilgrimage you can take a CD tour of the church and town(included in the admission charge). St Duthac Collegiate church is one of the finest medieval buildings in the Highlands. Its atmospheric interior has many interesting features which help to unlock the story of its past. It was skilfully restored in the 19th century, when the stunning stained glass windows were installed. The tour of the church and churchyard takes about 20 minutes and helps to bring the ancient buildings to life. The tour of the town takes up to an hour. It points out many interesting and historic buildings and features and tells some of the stories of the town as you go round.
Tain & District Museum and Clan Ross Centre holds a wide and varied collection of artefacts, documents and images which are used to tell the story of the people of Tain and District. This year's exhibition (2015) covers subjects such as Victorian Tain, Clan Ross, Women who served during World War One, Whisky, Transport and Archaeology. Also on display is the stunning collection of Tain Silver. There will be a new exhibiton about Tain Papal Bull of 1492 which conferred collegiate status on the St Duthus Church.
The Museum Shop
The museum shop is located at the Pilgrimage entrance. It stocks a wide range of gifts and souvenirs, local history books and Clan Ross mementoes. Credit cards are accepted.
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Tain & District Museum is home to an extensive and varied collection of objects, photographs and archives of local, regional and national significance. Because of the relatively limited exhibition space, only a small proportion of the collection is on display at any one time. Our website allows us to make more of the Collection accessible to all.
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