Caithness Horizons Museum in Thurso achieves full accreditation
16th May 2015
Caithness Horizons in Thurso has secured Museum Accreditation for the next three years. The award is made by Museums Galleries Scotland and Arts Council England under the 2011 Museum Accreditation Standard.
Caithness Horizons houses a permanent collection that tells the story of the county of Caithness from 416 million years ago to the present day including the Picts, the Vikings, and the history of the Dounreay Nuclear Research Establishment.
The Museum Accreditation Standard sets nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK. There are currently just under 1,800 museums participating in the scheme, demonstrating their commitment to managing collections effectively for the enjoyment and benefit of their users.
Landward Caithness Highland Councillor, Willie Mackay, a Director with Caithness Horizons, said: "This is a fantastic accreditation for Caithness Horizons and confirms just how much an asset the museum is to the town of Thurso, the whole of Caithness and the entire Highland Council area.
"It's a terrific tourist attraction and a lot of hard work by the staff and committee has gone in towards its well-deserved success."
To celebrate the opening of its new Dounreay Materials Testing Reactor (DMTR) exhibition on Caithness Horizons is offering free, family friendly workshop sessions looking at the life of Dounreay and the Materials Testing Reactor. Children aged from 7 upwards will get the opportunity to make their own Nuclear Survival Kit and some glow in the dark jelly. In the evening, we'll be dancing the night away to The Caithness Big Band with 1950’s inspired refreshments.
Children’s events require pre booking.
The new DMTR exhibition is open to the general public from Sunday 17th May.
The Museum is open between 11am-4pm on Sunday’s until the end of September.
Our next exhibition at Caithness Horizons is called Graffito. Breaking the boundaries of what is art and what gets shown in a gallery, Graffito is an exhibition that celebrates artwork that is available to everyone.
An exhibition featuring work by printmakers with a strong connection to northern Scotland. 9th March - 3 April 2018.
Caithness artist Elaine Rapson-Grant has a display of her latest artwork coming soon at The Cafe Gallery, Caithness Horizons. Admission is free but you could treat yourself to a cuppa and cake whilst you visit the exhibition.
Debbie Lee An exhibition of textile art celebrating the special landscape along the north coast route from John O‘Groats to Ullapool ‘Throughout Scotland there are sign posts to direct travellers, ‘tourists', off the main route and onto an ‘Alternative Tourist Route'. The sign at John O’ Groats directing people to Ullapool using the north coast is both inspiring and to me amusing.
2nd - 27th February 2016 Caithness Horizons. See the fantastic work by pupils of Thurso High School..
Thursday 10 September, 12.45 -16.30 Caithness Horizons, Thurso (Please note that lunch is not provided, however you are welcome to have lunch at The Caithness Horizons Cafe prior to the event) Running a craft practice is addictive - there is always more to try, new ideas to explore and projects to develop. Growing your business allows you to confidently pursue these exciting new opportunities to strengthen your profile, expand your range of customers and generate healthy profits.
Tuesday 11th August saw local group No Limits Caithness visit the Museum for a morning packed with Viking activities with Curator Joanne Howdle, or Thordis Eiríksdóttir as she is fondly known to local groups and schools. The group helped the Museum to hit the half million visitors mark and to celebrate they were presented with a special cake made in the Museum's cafe.
Cafe Exhibitions Joan Powell 1st June - 30th June Gallery Exhibitions Hazel Cashmore 5th June - 30th August Exhibition preview 6pm - 8pm Thursday 4th June – all welcome Special Events Peters Pals Activity – 27th June Contact Joanne Howdle for more information Seasonal Opening Times: Remember that we are now open 11am – 4pm on Sundays until the end of September..
Cafe Exhibitions Kimirea and John Glen Exhibition Monday 2nd March-Tuesday 31st March A display of work by local artists Kim Reade and John Glen will be on display throughout March. Gallery Exhibitions Committed to Art Wednesday 4th March-Saturday 28th March "Committed to Art" showcases a selection of paintings and sculptures from committee members of the Society of Caithness Artists with the objective of proving that the committee has true empathy with all artists and particularly to those in the Caithness area.
The pupils of Thurso High have their annual exhibition at Caithness Horizons. 5 - 26 February 2015 Mon - Fri 10.00am - 6.00pm Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm.
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