New ac­co­lade for Cul­lo­den site

The Oban Times - - HERITAGE -

The Na­tional Trust for Scot­land’s Cul­lo­den Bat­tle­field and Vis­i­tor Cen­tre has stepped into the new year with im­por­tant in­dus­try recog­ni­tion.

The site of one of Scot­land’s most im­por­tant his­tor­i­cal events has been awarded the cov­eted Mu­seum Ac­cred­i­ta­tion sta­tus by Mu­se­ums Gal­leries Scot­land, the na­tional de­vel­op­ment body for the mu­seum sec­tor in Scot­land.

The ac­cred­i­ta­tion has taken a year to achieve and means the bat­tle­field site can now make claim to any ar­chae­o­log­i­cal dis­cov­er­ies found on the site. Pre­vi­ously, any ar­chae­o­log­i­cal finds on the bat­tle­field have been man­aged by High­land Coun­cil.

Cul­lo­den Vis­i­tor Cen­tre, which stands be­side the bat­tle­field, fea­tures arte­facts from both sides of the bat­tle and in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays that re­veal the back­ground to the con­flict, and ex­plain the com­plex­i­ties and tragedy of this bat­tle which was such an im­por­tant 18th cen­tury event.

Na­tional Trust for Scot­land op­er­a­tions man­ager at Cul­lo­den Raoul Cur­tis-Machin said: ‘This is a mag­nif­i­cent achieve­ment for Cul­lo­den Bat­tle­field and the team here is thrilled with the news. We are al­ways work­ing to­wards a vi­sion where Scot­land’s her­itage is val­ued by ev­ery­one and pro­tected for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions and this is a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward in achiev­ing that.’

Raoul added: ‘This ac­cred­i­ta­tion will help us to raise stan­dards of col­lec­tions man­age­ment, which in­volves the de­vel­op­ment, stor­age and preser­va­tion of our col­lec­tion, as well as pro­vide im­por­tant ac­cess to fund­ing for our vis­i­tor fa­cil­i­ties. This is vi­tal as we progress our plans to pro­tect the land­scape of Cul­lo­den Moor for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

‘We hope this ac­cred­i­ta­tion will help us to en­cour­age vis­i­tors to con­nect with the things that make Scot­land unique, through our ex­hi­bi­tion, our guided bat­tle tours and our fas­ci­nat­ing events pro­gramme.

‘We are open all year and our ded­i­cated team of staff and vol­un­teers all do what we do for the love of Scot­land, know­ing we are help­ing to pro­tect it for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.’

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