Caithness Horizons Museum retains five star Visit Scotland grading for 7th year in a row
28th June 2015
Caithness Horizons Museum in Thurso has recently been reviewed by Visit Scotland grading authority and are delighted to keep its Five Star Visitor Attraction status for a seventh year running. The news comes shortly after receiving a Certificate Of Excellence from Trip Advisor earlier in the month. Paul Cariss, Museum Chairman thanked the staff sincerely for doing such a tremendous job over the last year.
Caithness Horizons houses a permanent exhibition which uses the Museum's Collection of objects to tell the story of the county of Caithness from the geological period known as the Devonian (about 416 to 359 million years ago) to the present day including the unique Pictish and Viking heritage of Caithness.
The legacy of the Vikings is not a purely Nordic issue. The Vikings can be traced in most European countries as well as in North Africa, Western Asia and North America. Traditionally, the Viking homelands in Scandinavia have been the focus for scholars and museums when looking at this exciting period of human history. Quite reasonably then, the initiation of international co-operation around the Vikings and their journeys originates from Scandinavia.
Caithness Horizons has recently become a member of the Destination Viking Association, which represents archaeology sites and museums with Viking Collections in countries including Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Ireland. The members of the Destination Viking Association have a long, varied and broad experience in research on the Viking Age and presenting the comprehensive Viking heritage to a broad audience. Curator of Caithness Horizons Museum Joanne Howdle said that "Caithness Horizons is delighted to have been accepted as a member of the Destination Viking Association and is excited about working with colleagues from across Europe on the promotion and interpretation of the unique Viking heritage of Caithness".
Caithness Horizons is also home to a temporary exhibition gallery, which plays hosts to an annual programme of changing exhibitions. In addition Caithness Horizons has a lovely Gift Shop and Cafe which serves delicious home-baking.
Caithness Horizons is fully accessible and is located on the High Street in Thurso at the north east end of the pedestrianised area.
Talks have taken place on the possibility of reopening Thurso's Caithness Horizons which closed last week due to financial problems. The operators of the museum and art gallery said increasing running costs and reduced income had made the running of the site "unsustainable".
Uncertainty over funding from Highland council. Caithness Horizons, which tells the story of the county of Caithness from 416 million years ago to the present day, has deleted its manager post and cut its curator's hours from 40 to 20 hours a week in anticipation of funding cuts.
Week Commencing 1st January 2018. Energy & business services: 2018 promises to be another year of exciting change in the energy sector, and to highlight how things have progressed in the north the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm team have produced a short booklet outlining the significant milestones that have been achieved during 2017 - you can access the booklet at https://www.beatricewind.com/single-post/2017/12/22/lookingbackat2017 .
Thursday 10 September, 12.45 -16.30 Caithness Horizons, Thurso (Please note that lunch is not provided, however you are welcome to have lunch at The Caithness Horizons Cafe prior to the event) Running a craft practice is addictive - there is always more to try, new ideas to explore and projects to develop. Growing your business allows you to confidently pursue these exciting new opportunities to strengthen your profile, expand your range of customers and generate healthy profits.
Tuesday 11th August saw local group No Limits Caithness visit the Museum for a morning packed with Viking activities with Curator Joanne Howdle, or Thordis Eiríksdóttir as she is fondly known to local groups and schools. The group helped the Museum to hit the half million visitors mark and to celebrate they were presented with a special cake made in the Museum's cafe.
Scientists from around the world recently gathered in Thurso for an annual biological sciences meeting. The Larwood Symposium was hosted by the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) of the North Highland College UHI on behalf of the International Bryozoology Association.
Last week saw the last of the Dounreay Materials Testing Reactor (DMTR) control room panels shipped off site and transferred to their new home in local five-star visitor attraction Caithness Horizons. The control room panels and control desk have been donated to Caithness Horizons and reconstructed at the museum to form the basis of a new permanent exhibition representing Dounreay's significant part in Scotland's industrial heritage.
Relocated VisitScotland information service sees 55% increase in visitor enquiries. A full year on from the relocation of the Thurso VisitScotland information service to Caithness Horizons has seen a 55% increase in footfall.
On now in Caithness Horizons gallery untill 11th December: ' Paper Wrappers and Herbarium Sheets'. All inspired by Robert Dick, Baker and Botanist of Thurso 1811-1866.
A group of five staff members from Caithness Horizons have successfully completed an EDI National Award in Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations. Caithness Horizons is the only museum in the Highlands to have staff that have achieved this award.