News 2010 - Naidheachdain 2010

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August                                                 An Lùnasdal

We were saddened to hear of the death of Fiona Ross, Stirling, on the 7th of July 2010. Fiona was a hugely talented artist and some of her work is featured on the Returning Rosses 2006 page. Our thoughts are with Christine.

A Ramble with Alistair Jupp

Alistair Jupp, Trust Chairman and enthusiastic amateur archaeologist will give a talk with accompanying slides. Alistair will look at the many and varies historical and archaeological features in the Tain & District area; subjects covered will vary from Viking graves to bee-boles.

St Duthus Collegiate Church, Thursday 19th August 2010, 7.30pm

Does anyone recognise any of the people in these photographs? They were sent to us by Kate and belonged to her father. We think they were taken at Balintore and are probably pre-war (1939-45) Contact us at the museum if you think you recognise anyone and need to see a bigger print.

The Seaside Rovers Football Club, Balintore.







This picture appears to be of World War One soldiers. marked on the front left bottom corner is "A W Pierce Nottingham 4795". The badge on the Glengarry hats on the soldiers to the right appears to be that of the Seaforth Highlanders. This picture might have been taken at Bedford before the 4th Seaforths left for France in 1914? If anyone can help please get in touch.


Clan Ross at Tain Highland Games

Thursday, August the 12th, was a busy day for the volunteers at Tain & District Museum and Clan Ross Centre. We were up early to prepare the Clan Ross Tent at the Tain Highland Games where visitors from across the globe came to say hello. Hugh Ross, Younger of Ross, and his Family were on hand to greet our Ross vistors.

Clan Ross Ceilidh 2010

The day was brought to a close with a Clan Ross Ceilidh in the Duthac Centre, Tain. Fear-an-taigh for the evening was Alisdair Mearns who piped in Hugh Ross, Younger of Ross, who welcomed everyone and opened proceedings. Music for the evening was provided by John Gordon and Geordie Oliver who played a selection of Scottish tunes to speed the dancers on their way. Other entertainment was provided by Katie and her band and Michael, who sang some Gaelic songs.

Fiddles:Katie, Anna and Chloe. Drum: John. Guitar: Iain.Sheila, Katie and Morag at the Museum shop table.











July                                                      An t-Iuchar

Clan Ross Ceilidh, Thursday 12th August

Get out your dancing shoes and give them a polish!

We will be holding the Clan Ross Ceilidh on Thursday 12th August in the Duthac Centre, Tain. Tickets are on sale now at Tain Through Time or here on our online museum shop. They cost £5.50 with concessions at £4.50. Be sure to get your tickets now. Pictured below is Chief David Ross of Ross dancing with Lady Eileen at last years Ceilidh.


June                                                An t-Og-mhios

On Saturday 19th June Tain Guides past and present met to celebrate the Guiding Centenary and the opening of our Guiding exhibition in the Museum. Assembling in St Duthus Collegiate Church they were welcomed by Trust Chairman, Alistair Jupp. Joining the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and their guiders at the campfire was County Commissioner Elizabeth Sutherland who's first task was to perform a Promise ceremony with two new Rainbows. Muriel Watson then stepped forward to lead the campfire with old favourites such as Campfires Burning and Quartermasters Stores. The Penguin song, unfamiliar to the guides of yesteryear, proved a popular addition to the repertoire. At the close of the campfire Tain Guides left to join the "Help for Heroes" parade on Tain High Street.

Two Rainbows making their Promise












This year we have a display in the Museum celebrating 100 Years of Guiding in Tain. On Saturday 19th June we will be holding a special event where we will be joined by Tain Rainbows, Brownies and Guides for a campfire. We are inviting all former Tain guides and all those with an interest in the Guiding Movement to join us.


12pm Assemble for group photograph outside St Duthus Collegiate Church

12.30 Lunch

1.15 Campfire

2pm Finish (Rainbows, Brownies and Guides to join Help for Heroes Parade)

Batty and Nicky with some Rainbows and Brownies

Batty, Nikkie and Nicky with some of 2nd Tain Brownies







Tain and District Museum volunteer and former Guiding District Commisioner Betty Patterson is seen here with the girls and their Leaders Nicky Boyd and Nickki Walkington. the girls have been learning their songs for the Campfire on Saturday 19th June.

May                                                      An Ceitean

Smashing Glass

Jill Turnbull and Brodie Nairn gave excellent talks that were informative and very enjoyable. Brodie brought along some of the tools used to produce the beautiful creations at Glasstorm

Jill and BrodieJill and Brodie studying a piece taken in by a member of the public







Jill took some examples of pressed glass which the ladies are seen studying here.

The Stain Glass Workshop Group







On Sunday we had a Stained Glass Workshop. The group are seen above. It was a longer than anticipated day but some excellent pieces were completed.

Cutting the glassLaura and Barbara with the finished product







April                                                     An Giblean

After a busy and very cold winter we opened our doors for the season on the first of April. This year the museum exhibitions focus on World War One,The Guides, Glass, Volunteers Choices, Clearance and agricultural change, Clan Ross and the Tain Silver Collection.

Sheila and Carol with the first soda siphon in Tain

We thought we would have a quieter year this year but the programme is filling up quickly. Our first event is in May for the Show Scotland Big Weekend. "Smashing Glass" promises to be a fun filled weekend. On Saturday 1st May Scottish Glass expert Jill Turnbull, author of The Scottish Glass Industry, 1610 - 1750 presents a talk entitled "Carboys to Candlesticks". She will be joined by Brodie Nairn of Glasstorm who will talk about the work created at the Glasstorm studio.Participants can bring their own glass possessions for discussion and appraisal.

This workshop runs from 10.30 am - 12.30 pm and is free.

On Sunday 2nd May Glasstorm, the prestigious Tain-based glass making company, leads a workshop on stained glass, offering a wonderful opportunity to create your own unique masterpiece.This workshop is £100 and cost includes lunch. Places are limited so book early on the Museum Shop on our website or contact us at Tain Through Time, 01862 894089

Tain Through Time Tower Street, Tain IV19 1DY Scotland IV19 1DY

Tel: 01862 894089