This year for #DigiDoorsOpen one lucky virtual visitor had the chance to win a £50 voucher to spend at a business of their choice; all they had to do was fill out our visitor experience questionnaire!
Our wonderful winner Jan Donald had this to say about her festival experience:
'This year we were all able to enjoy DigiDoorsOpen from the comfort of our couches - it was fabulous. I’m based in the Highlands and usually restricted to local events so it was great to travel all over Scotland; John took me down a coal mine in Midlothian, Damon showed me round his 1940s house in Fife and I made a 143-mile pilgrimage from Glasgow to Whithorn. These were just a handful of the many events I tuned in to over the month of September. It was all quite exciting.'
When we contacted Jan to let her know the good news, she chose support a local business, spending her winnings at the Groam House Museum Shop:
'And to top it all I won the DigiDoorsOpen prize draw, which gave me the opportunity to support one of our local venues - Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie. They have a beautiful little shop, packed with high quality gifts, many of them locally crafted. With the prize money I was able to do a bit of Christmas shopping and I was delighted with my purchases. Thank you so much DigiDoorsOpen!'
Nestled in the seaside village of Rosemarkie in the North of Scotland lies Groam House Museum. They are renowned for their superb display of Pictish stones that were once part of the vibrant early Christian monastic settlement around 1200 years ago!
For Doors Open Day 2020 the museum presented an online exhibition, One Man’s War George Bain In The Balkans 1917-1918. 100 years ago this year, Bain joined the British Salonika Force in Macedonia and Bulgaria. The exhibition offered a personal view of life on the Balkan Front during World War I. Initially a draughtsman in the Royal Engineers, Bain soon found his artistic skills put to other uses. He made stage sets and costumes for the army theatre and may have drawn maps of the enemy lines. In his spare time he painted landscapes and local people. He also drew cartoons that poked fun at army life. His pictures show life, colour, and the view of an ordinary soldier in contrast to official accounts of the Balkan Front.
The museum is currently working to digitise the George Bain collection and make it available for everyone to enjoy online. You can follow the progress of the project and learn more about their collection through their website.