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Museum gathers migration stories

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The museum is seeking photographs for the exhibition

A museum is hoping to gather stories of emigration and immigration for an exhibition marking Homecoming Scotland.

Called Leaving Home, it is to be staged at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery in September and October.

Curator Catharine Niven said stories were being sought from the late 1800s through to the 1960s.

The museum said the exhibition would be run alongside a contemporary show about people who have moved to the Highlands to live and work.

Leaving Homes aims to look at what people left behind when they left their homes in the Highlands, and what they considered important enough to carry with them for their new lives abroad.

Interesting stories

It will also show the propaganda produced to encourage migration.

Ms Niven said: "We are looking for tales from the 1890s, 1930s and 1960s - although we would love to hear any interesting story.

"Also, if anyone has any photographs or objects associated with their story, we would love to see these."

Katey Boal, Highland Council's assistant curator, added: "The exhibition that we are intending to create is for all of the people of Inverness and we want to make sure their stories are told."

Homecoming Scotland is the first celebration of its kind to be held and aims to celebrate all things Scottish through a series of events.



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