The Making of Am Fasgadh

An Account of the Origins of the Highland Folk Museum by Its Founder

By Isabel Frances Grant

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An account of Isabel Grant's experiences as an early innovator of folk museums. It illustrates a history of farming, fishing, crofting and domestic life.

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Dr Isabel Grant (1887-1983) was a pioneer who, early in life, was intrigued by the lives and ways of living of her fellow Highlanders. She eventually pursued this by collecting objects - farming, fishing, crofting and domestic - from across the Scottish Highlands and presenting them to the public, initially as an exhibition in Inverness in 1930, then in Iona, and later in a dedicated museum Am Fasgadh ('the Shelter'). The tenacity shown by Dr Grant in pursuit of an idea that first struck her while on a childhood visit to Sweden is revealed in her own words. In the face of indifference, little money, sexism and the erratic Scottish climate, Dr Grant succeeded in presenting items which told of the working and home lives of the people she so admired. Am Fasgadh continues today as the popular Highland Folk Museum at Kingussie and Newtonmore, Inverness-shire, Scotland.

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Format Paperback
Imprint National Museums of Scotland Enterprises - Publishing
Publication Date 27 Nov 2007
ISBN 9781905267200
Number of Pages 192

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'Dr I F Grant (1887-1983) was a very remarkable historian and ethnographer, whose achievements were insufficiently appreciated in her lifetime, and who even now is not recognised as among the great contributors to Scottish life and culture in the interwar and postwar years - up there with the likes of Edwin Muir, Hugh MacDiarmid and Neil Gunn ... it is good that the NMS has published this autobiographical memoir as some recompense for the shabby snobbery to which she was so often subjected in her lifetime.' Chris Smout in Scottish Local History

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