Highland - Inverness

This year we have 26 venues in and around Inverness open on 31 August and 01 September 2019

Highland - Inverness & surrounding area

Dunlichty Church

31 August 2019

Dunlichty Church was built in 1759 and is believed to be the third stone church on this site - all previous churches having been wooden constructions. According to tradition, the building before this one had a porch where the men of the parish left their bows and arrows during Sunday services. Marks made by sharpening arrows and swords could be seen on the sandstone cheeks of the porch. Such marks can still be seen on the corner stone of the Shaw burial enclosure.In the corner of the graveyard surrounding the church is a watch house, built around 1882 to protect the graves from grave robbers of the time.There has been worship here since the time of the first church dedicated to St Finan in the year 575 AD.Dunlichty Church was united with the Parish of Daviot in 1618 - one of the first such unions in Scotland and believed to be the oldest such union still where both churches are still in use. It is a place of wonderful stillness and has a special atmosphere of its own.

Highland - Inverness & surrounding area

Emergency Operations Centre/ World War Two Radar Bunker

31-1 September 2019

A top-secret RADAR chain was constructed around Britain in the late 1930s. Three bomb-proof underground bunkers were built for the RAF in 1941 in the Raigmore Estate. Their purpose was top secret - to process RADAR signals from around the North of England, the Scottish and Irish coasts. This allowed the detection and interception of enemy bombers in the North Sea and the Atlantic. This is the single remaining bunker, the other two having been demolished. During the Cold War it was converted into a nuclear, biological and chemical hardened facility which could have been a Regional seat of Government. Until recently the bunker was used as the Council’s Emergency Centre. The bunker has recently changed hands and part of it will be converted into a museum. This is an opportunity to see the building as it was following the conversion to a hardened facility. If you have any artefacts or items of interest relating to the bunker, please bring them along. Tours at 1000, 1130, 1300 and 1430. Each tour will last approximately 90 minutes – max 12 people per tour. Please note that the tour at 1300 will be conducted in Gaelic.

Highland - Inverness & surrounding area

Highland Archive and Registration Centre

31 August 2019

Uncover stories from the past at the Highland Archive and Registration Centre. The building situated along the river from Bught Park is the state of the art home for the historic records of Inverness-shire, Ross & Cromarty, Sutherland and Nairnshire; and houses documents dating from the 13th century to the present day, including maps, records of schools, poor relief, churches and businesses, alongside family and estate papers. The building is also home to the Family History Centre, the Inverness Registration Service (with two wedding ceremony rooms and access to the ScotlandsPeople network) and Highland History and Culture website, Am Baile.

Highland - Inverness & surrounding area

Inverness Creative Academy

31-31 August 2019

The Midmills Buildings are iconic landmarks in the Inverness Cityscape. Wasps is transforming these two beautiful B-listed Victorian school buildings into the largest creative facility for artists, creative industries, cultural social enterprises and the community in the Scottish Highlands. Phase 1, in the restored 1913 Arts & Science Extension, is complete and now home to 36 visual artists and makers based in the Highlands, and 3 creative learning organisations. It currently houses frequent and varied exhibitions in the refurbished gym hall and a mixed workshop and events programme in the smaller creative spaces. Wasps will host tours of both buildings at fixed times, and general access will be available to the exhibition and public spaces in Phase 1 throughout the day.

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  • Alison Tanner
  • Inverness City Heritage Trust
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