Published: 01/01/2018 16:35 - Updated: 01/01/2018 16:39

Wick Heritage Museum holds special New Year event

Wick Heritage Museum will be holding an open day on Tuesday.
Wick Heritage Museum will be holding an open day on Tuesday.


WICK Heritage Museum will be starting off the new year by looking back at the old days when it holds a special event to usher in 2018.

Volunteers from Wick Society will welcome visitors to its open day on Tuesday when visitors will be able to come in over the course of the day to look at the exhibitions on show.

The event is going ahead after the success of public talks during the festive period in previous years.

Chairman Ian Leith said the society wants to do something different this year to make the museum more accessible to the public over the holiday period.

“What we previously did over the last few years was hold a one-off talk.

“Even though it was popular, the problem was it was held at a set time and once the event started the doors were closed and we couldn’t let people in.

“So this year we have decided to extend the event over the course of a day so people can along and what ever time they wish and have a wander around the museum

People are being invited to come along for a day of talks films, music and songs about Wick and its history.

There will be talks about boats, recordings from Wick Voices, films and photographs from the Johnston Collection, some music, songs, stories.

Visitors will also be able to look around the exhibitions that are on display with the museum at Bank Row. Mr Leith believe having the chance to learn about the town’s history is a great way to celebrate the new year and also a way to move forward.

“The event is a great way to look back at the town heritage’s at the start of the new year,” he said.

“But as a society we also want to move forward as well as looking back.

“On the day we will have films, slideshows and people coming in to do songs with people coming into different times.

“People will be welcome to wander through the museum and will be able to talk to staff to learn more about the town’s history”.

Wick Society also has big plans to extend the exhibitions on show during 2018 which include converting the former blacksmith’s store that was located within the museum’s courtyard into a working exhibition.

If the project is successful, it could open up the courtyards to host other outdoor displays in the future but plans are still at an early stage.

Within the boat section of the museum, society members are preparing to welcome a Dysart Yawl vessel as well as work being carried out to its historic ship Isabella Fortuna berthed at Wick Harbour.

The Johnston Collection will be also carrying out a major project during 2018 to find out more about the people who have been captured within the images that were taken over 140 years.

The museum in Bank Row will be open between 11am and 4pm.

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