2017 has certainly been a year to remember and to top everything we are absolutely thrilled to announce that the Scottish Crannog Centre has been awarded Full Museum Accreditation by Museums Galleries Scotland!

Accreditation is the museum profession’s ‘kitemark’ and demonstrates that we work with our collections and our visitors to the very best of our abilities. To receive Accreditation in our 20th anniversary year is definitely the icing on the cake and acknowledges the Centre’s hard work and efforts towards achieving nationally agreed standards for UK museums.

We are also delighted to be one of three finalists in the Regional Scottish Thistle Awards for Best Heritage Tourism Experience. The awards ceremony takes place on 23rd November in Edinburgh so it will be an anxious wait until the winner is announced.  We are of course hoping to win but to be included in the final three is an achievement in itself.

In the midst of all this excitement, the Centre is open until the end of October and we still have a pop-up event together with our spectacular end-of-season Celtic Samhain Festival to come.

The pop-up event ‘Crannog Connections’ on Saturday 21st October features Kenyan dancer/performer Adam Chienjo and singer/musician Izo.  The pair met in the streets and neighbourhoods of Nairobi and are the official Perth ‘artists in residence’ during the month of October.  They will be performing an evening of music, movement, storytelling and screening at the Crannog along with local artist Claire Hewitt.

Izo will play African drums and East African stringed instruments, the  Nyatiti and Litungu.  Adam will support the music with fluent ‘confined space’ interpretive movement.  Claire will join the pair and tell complimentary and contrasting stories – all this around a cozy log fire in the Crannog Roundhouse. The event starts at 7pm for 7.30 pm.  Tickets are limited and booking is essential for this event – please call the Crannog on 01887 830583.

The visit has been arranged and facilitated by Perthshire visual artist Su Grierson as part of her ‘LookLook’ project bringing international artists to Scotland.  Adam and Izo are also carrying out an African Drumming and Movement Workshop in The Big Shed at Tombreck, Lawers, Loch Tay from 10.30am to 12 noon on Saturday 21st October.  Booking is also essential, again tickets can be bought from the Scottish Crannog Centre.

The final event of the season is the ever-popular Spooks & Sacrifice, Celtic Samhain Festival at 7pm on 31st October.  The event was listed as one of the best ways to spend Halloween by the Sunday Times supplement and features an evening of storytelling, wicker-ram burn, shadow puppetry, magic metals and fires together with apple-ducking, incense, bran-tub, games and soup.  All visitors are invited to come in guise and vote for their favourite spook of the evening.

Booking is essential for this event which always sells out – tickets can be bought on-line or by telephoning the Centre on 01887 830583.

Our 2017 events programme is supported by Perth and Kinross Council and Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER Programme 2014-2020: The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.

If you have purchased a ticket and gift-aided the value to us, your receipt allows you to visit us again for free, even on non-ticketed event days – please check the expiry date on your ticket as many will be valid until May 2018.  The Gift Aid scheme will be running again throughout 2018 so please Gift Aid your entrance fee, as it really does make a difference to us!