#13 Kilmartin House Museum

My name is Lyndsey Clark and I would like to adopt Kilmartin House Museum.

Kilmartin House Museum (Photograph by Lyndsey Clark)

Kilmartin House Museum (Photograph by Lyndsey Clark)

Tell us a bit more about yourself

I live in Edinburgh where I have been the interactive displays manager for all the new interactive and audio-visual displays at the National Museums Scotland which re-opened in July 2011. I am now moving onto some freelance projects in museum interpretation and science communication. I have a masters degree in science communication and am working on another in sustainable development. You can find out more about my work on my blog.

Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum
My adopted museum is Kilmartin House Museum. It is in the beautiful Kilmartin Glen in Argyll, Scotland, where there are more than 800 ancient monuments. Many of the sites are prehistoric, making Kilmartin an area of outstanding archaeological importance. The Museum itself is a centre for exploring and interpreting the surrounding monuments in the landscape. For a small charge you can view the exhibitions, watch an audio-visual about the history of the area, and find out what archaeologists know (and what they don’t know) about the mysterious sites you can explore afterwards for free.

Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?
The museum is in a very rural part of Argyll, and many people may not realise just how much it is worth the trip. Even if you’ve read about it, you will still be amazed how many archaeological sites there are to visit in such a small area, and how fascinating and
mysterious so many of them are. I first visited during an intervention by NVA called Half Life in 2007 which was an amazing landscape/ environmental art installation and theatrical production. Half Life was a unique experience but the landscape and archaeological sites that inspired it can be visited by anybody at any time, so we returned again in 2009 for another visit.

Why would you recommend people visit?
The museum does a fantastic job of interpreting the sites and providing information while still encouraging you to get out and see them for yourself. It also does not shy away from discussion of how much we still don’t know about the sites or the people who made them. In my opinion it is very successful at really sparking people’s curiosity and inspiring the
imagination. The sites are all free to visit, but the context provided by the museum really helps. Families and adults can really get into imagining the landscape of our prehistoric ancestors and trying to imagine what their culture and believes might have been that inspired the stone monuments and markings.

How would you sum up your museum in three words?
Feeds your imagination.

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