On 25th October a group of 14 volunteers from Dunollie Links visited the Highland Folk Museum's Annual Conference - 'Uncharted Places: Pioneering Women of Early 20th Century Scotland".
The conference had a variety of interesting speakers and during lunchtime the group had a chance to look around the museums huge store. The speakers talked about a selection of pioneering women from the early 19th Century.
"It brought me so much information of topics I had never considered, eg the Suffrage movement in Scotland. My favourite talk was the showing of the 3 films of past ways of life and skills. I did not realise Elizabeth Garrett Anderson’s connection with the area despite having known her hospital in London, also Isobel Grants connections with Iona where I lived in the 1990s.
I saw small rigid heddle looms that I had not seen before (used to make braids) together with their miniature warping boards"
Marilyn Drummond, Leader of the Weaving Group
"I now have a better understanding of Hope MacDougall’s criteria for her social history collection and could see how Dr Grant influenced the way she managed and documented her artefacts"
Alison Blackwood, Volunteer Archivist