Adopt-a-Monument Project begins

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We’re very excited to announce that, after several months of unavoidable delay, the Adopt-a-Monument Project will officially begin on 1st April!

The Project, part of a new £9 million Scottish programme of projects to invest in the Highlands and Islands to provide more and better-quality opportunities for visitors to enjoy natural and cultural heritage assets is funded by the Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund, and aims to create and sustain jobs, businesses and services in rural areas and remote communities. It will promote and develop the outstanding natural and cultural heritage of the Highlands and Islands in a way that conserves and protects them.

Led by Dr. Paul Murtagh and supported by Phil Richardson of Archaeology Scotland, the project builds on the previous ‘Adopt-a-Monument’ programme in the locality, focusing on various aspects of the historical environment of the peninsula in partnership with AHHA, local landowners and crofters and involve the whole community.

The provisional dates below indicate the main activity and events between April and December 2021.

There will be lots of activities throughout this period including workshops, surveys, talks, training etc. with dates still to be determined. 

Activity/Project Element Date(s)
Project Start 1 April 2021
Project Launch 1 May 2021 (Activity over the weekend 1 & 2 May)
Adopt-a-Monument Site 1 Project work & Blackhouse Planning 13 May 2021 – 25 May 2021
Adopt-a-Monument Project work 24 June 2021 – 30 June 2021
Adopt-a-Monument Site 2/3 Project work 19 July 2021 – 6 August 2021
Of Saints and Sinners (Camas) Excavations Phase 1 31 August 2021 – 14 September 2021
Of Saints and Sinners (Camas) Excavations Phase 2* 29 September 2021 – 13 October 2021
Adopt-a-Monument Site 4/5 Project work 29 September 2021 – 15 October 2021
Adopt-a-Monument Project work 22 November 2021 – 6 December 2021

Of Saints and Sinners (Camas) Excavations Phase 2 will take place on this date if we are not successful in seeking extension of the project. If we are successful the phase 2 excavations will take place in Spring 2022, with Adopt-a-Monument site work and field survey activity taking place instead.