Recent Devastating Fire
Almost a year ago we wrote an article on Crannogs – ancient dwellings (iron age roundhouses) usually built like an artificial island, connected by a bridge or accessed by boat. We were so saddened by the news of the devastating Scottish thatched Crannog fire, which occurred last month.
The crannog reconstruction (picture above), which was built on wooden stilts on the Loch Tay shore, at Kenmore in Perthshire was part of the Scottish Crannog Centre. It has been totally destroyed by the flames (pictures below).
Loss of the crannog
As you can see from the before and after pictures, the fire damage to the thatched Crannog (which had been part of the Scottish Crannog Centre for 25 years) is a huge loss to the site. Luckily the Museum Collection is intact and the Museum and Iron Age village is still open to visit. So they still have the artefacts as well as wonderful demonstrations of the crafts, textiles, cooking and technologies. However, they want to rebuild and have a great plan.
Redevelopment of the Scottish Crannog Centre
The museum team have made a huge effort and are now looking to speed up the planned development of a new Crannog Centre. This eagerly anticipated development will be for the north shore of the loch at Dalerb. They want to renew this part of Scottish history and need help.
It will be “a new development and a new and exciting future for the museum”.
These plans include “three Crannogs, an Iron Age Village, a woodsman’s yard, artist hubs and workshops, performance spaces, a café and a gift shop”.
How you can help
They have launched a Crannog Centre Just Giving Crowd Funder. So all contributions will be appreciated and spreading the word may help get more funding. They need to speed the process and keep the team together.
If you are interested in supporting them, please click on the link, read more about it and donate if you can. Share this information with anyone who you may think be interested too.
We will keep you informed of progress
The Thatch Advice Centre wish them well with their fundraising and plans. They need to raise money to progress after this thatched crannog fire.
We will update everyone on their progress in our next Newsletter.