A new display is being opened at the Strathnaver Museum in Bettyhill to tell the story of peat cutting. The Heritage Lottery funded Flows to the Future Project is providing the new display that will feature peat cutting tools and objects from the museums archives. The display will highlight the importance of cutting and burning the peats as part of community and family life in Sutherland.
However, one very important piece of the story is missing: a peat creel. Peat creels were baskets used to carry peat from the land back to people's homes. We would love to hear from anyone who could loan or donate a peat creel to the museum, ideally with a connection to the local area.
Rosemary Macintosh from Strathnaver Museum said “We are delighted to get this opportunity to create a new display of our peat collection and hopefully gather some new ‘tales from the hill’. We have a great selection of peat cutting tools, all kindly donated by local people, but no peat creel basket...if we could source one locally it would really add to the final display”.
There will also be information highlighting the importance of the peatlands in the local area for wildlife and as a carbon store.
It will be possible to see this new display when the museum re-opens in April.
If you think you might be able to help with the loan of a peat basket for Strathnaver Museum please contact Rosemary on 01641 521418 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photograph: Peat creels being used to transport the peats home. Copyright Gairloch Museum and Archive.