AIM training grant – West Highland Museum

West Highland Museum were delighted to be awarded a £300 AIM Training Grant which enabled our Curator Manager, Vanessa Martin, Volunteer Coordinator, Sonja McLachlan, and Learning & Engagement Officer, Flora Swietlicki, to attend the inaugural Museums and Heritage Highland (MHH) Conference on 20 and 21 April.

The Sealladh – Highland Heritage Conference held at WASPs in Inverness was a two-day event bringing the Highland Heritage sector together to strengthen the network and create a vision for a positive future. Delegates shared their successes and challenges, exchanged ideas and explored skills needed to help the museum and heritage sector thrive into the future. Speakers from the Museums Association, Museums Galleries Scotland, funders, and other heritage organisations provided opportunities for learning, development and networking. The practical workshops provided an opportunity to learn new skills and develop ideas.

Our Curator Manager also had the opportunity to deliver a talk to the conference with Dr Alan Miller from the University of St Andrews showing how the museum is using immersive technologies to engage audiences.  Our digital partnership with the university has enabled us to develop a new virtual reality experience, recreating the fort at Fort William in 1746.

Pictured: Vanessa Martin, Flora Swietlicki, Sonja McLachlan and Dan Cottam (Chair of MHH)