News 2013 - Naidheachdain 2013

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August                                                An Lùnasdal

It's August so our trusty volunteers unpacked the Clan Ross Tent once more for the Tain Highland Gathering. The calm morning meant the midgies were biting so it was raised swiftly!

One of our first visitors to the tent was Malcolm Ross and his family. Too much blethering resulted in Morag forgetting to get the camera out - very unlike her. Fortunately by the time Darren Ross from Dornoch called in it was in action. Darren was competing on the field in the Tain Locals competition. He finished3rd in the hammer, 4th in the weight for distance, 4th in the shot putt and 3rd in the caber toss. Well done Darren!







Ian Dunderdale was chieftain at this year's games

Christopher Ross from Balintraid Guest House called in to say hello, as did Danny Streames from Strathpeffer. Danny, grandson of Jack Ross, was manning the "Help for Heroes" tent at the Games.







July                                                      An t-Iuchar

You can find out more about the Tain Silver Collection on "The Collections" page on the panel to the left of this page. All the silver bought as part of theHeritage Lottery Fund Collecting Culture Project is listed in the "Objects" section, along with a photograph of the object and mark. Additional information can also be found in the "Documents" section where you can find a chronological list of Tain Silversmiths, Hugh Ross museum marks, Tain Silver in other collections, Letters from Hugh Ross to Kenneth Williamson and information about John Watson 1813 (TANDM4238.1-2).


June                                                An t-Og-mhios

Our Heritage Lottery Fund: Collecting Cultures Tain Silver Collection project drew to a close on 1st June 2013 when we held an Open Day at the museum. It was well attended with some 40 visitors. Later Tain Silver expert Estelle Quick delivered a well received talk on the history of the Tain Silver Collection and the part the HLF has played in its development. Also present were representatives from The Art Fund Michaeland colleague, Judith Livingston. Below are pictures from the afternoon.

Some of the audience at the talk delivered by Estelle Quick

Estelle Quick delivers A chance to chat








May                                                       An Ceitean

Part of the training aspect ofour Tain Silver CollectionHeritage Lottery Fund project involved some of our volunteershaving the opportunity to get hands on experience of working with metal. The course was run by Inverness silversmith Alan Baillie. We took advantage of the glorious sunshine to work outside. Some photographs from the weekend are shown below














Saturday 1st June, 3pm in St Duthus Collegiate Church


Our Heritage Lottery Fund: Collecting Cultures Tain Silver project,2008 - 13, has reached an end and to celebrate this fantastic project weare inviting you to an Open Day and talk on Saturday 1st June. Therefurbished silver exhibition, including the new films will be on show from 11 am - 3pm. Alan Baillie, silversmith will be demonstrating various silversmithing techniques.Estelle Quick, foremost authority on Tain Silver will give a talk entitled "An Adventure in Silver". Estelle will behighlighting some of the special pieces bought as part of this project and how they add to our understanding of the collection as a whole. The event is open to all members of the public and is free.

Sheila Munro shows Jason what the end result should look like!


April                                                     An Giblean

SpringtimeinTain and the snowdrops in the churchyardlook beautiful. A recent and beautiful acquisition to the Tain Silver Collection came in the form of a Hugh Ross nutmeg grater. It was bought withassistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund (as part of the Tain Silver Project)and the National Fund for Acquisitions. It is an exquisite piece and needs to be seen in person to appreciate the craftsmanship that has gone into it's construction. So put a date in your diary to visit Tain & District Museum this year.








March                                                       Am Màrt

Estelle Quick ran a most enjoyable workshop forthe volunteers as part of the HLF Silver Project. Now we areready and waiting to help our visitors when they visit Tain & District Museum to seeour fine display of Tain Silver.

Tain & District Museumvolunteers journeyed toAberdeen in March to see "Silver - the Aberdeen Story" an exhibition held in Aberdeen Art Gallery. The stunning collection of silverware was a joy to behold and was made all the more enjoyable when Viki Duncan, a curator at the Gallery, took the time to share herexpertise with us. The trip was a part ofour Heritage Lottery Funded projecton Tain Silver.








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