Mu­seum di­rec­tor Sharon is hon­oured by the Queen

The Oban Times - - News -

A DI­REC­TOR at Kil­martin Mu­seum was hon­oured by the Queen at a for­mal cer­e­mony at Holy­rood Palace.

Dr Sharon Webb was awarded an MBE for ser­vices to her­itage and ar­chae­ol­ogy at an in­vesti­ture cer­e­mony.

She said: ‘I was de­lighted to ac­cept the hon­our from the Queen and think it is fan­tas­tic that Argyll’s her­itage and ar­chae­ol­ogy is recog­nised as be­ing so im­por­tant to Scot­land.’

The staff and trustees at Kil­martin Mu­seum said they were all very proud of this achieve­ment.

Chair­man of the trustees Gor­don Gray Stephens said: ‘Since she joined the Kil­martin Mu­seum team 13 years ago Sharon has been mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence, win­ning the re­spect and sup­port of the many dif­fer­ent peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions who are as­so­ci­ated with the run­ning of the mu­seum. At the mo­ment this is most ev­i­dent in her lead­er­ship of our rede­vel­op­ment pro­gramme. But this is just one of the many things that war­rant Sharon’s award, which recog­nises the achieve­ments of ex­tra­or­di­nary peo­ple.’

Kil­martin Mu­seum’s web­site says it be­lieves it is the only mu­seum in Scot­land that can both ex­ca­vate and dis­plays the arte­facts that it finds.

The web­site says: ‘ We con­tinue to carry out ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sur­veys and ex­ca­va­tions as there is more to be found and un­cov­ered and more to learn about the peo­ple who were here be­fore us.

‘Kil­martin Glen is home to more than 800 in­ter­na­tion­ally sig­nif­i­cant pre­his­toric and early his­toric sites and mon­u­ments dat­ing back over 5,000 years, mak­ing it main­land Scot­land’s most im­por­tant ar­chae­o­log­i­cal land­scape. Vis­i­tors are able to en­joy and learn about these arte­facts in the mu­seum gallery and step out­side into the land­scape to dis­cover the sites and mon­u­ments where they were un­cov­ered.’

Sir Tony Robin­son, who presents Time Team on tele­vi­sion, praised Kil­martin af­ter he vis­ited the mu­seum. He said: ‘How many mu­se­ums can you go to where you can ex­am­ine a Bronze Age pot and look out of the win­dow and see the burial mound where it came from?’

Many of the arte­facts found in Kil­martin Glen and sur­round­ing ar­eas, and dis­played in the mu­seum, are of in­ter­na­tional sig­nif­i­cance, in­clud­ing rare jet neck­laces and some of the ear­li­est beaker pots in Bri­tain.

The mu­seum con­tin­ues to carry out ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sur­veys and its ex­ca­va­tions are un­cov­er­ing new arte­facts.

Sharon Webb from Kil­martin Mu­seum shows her MBE.

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