`Our Rural Heritage` - 2011 Johnston Exhibitions
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Wick & Landward Ward of the Highland Council and The Wick Society, a series of three exhibitions featuring images from The Johnston Collection has been launched. Councillor David Flear declared the project open at a meeting in Wick Heritage Museum. Representatives from Watten, Dunbeath, Castletown and Halkirk were present to signify their support of and involvement in this venture.
Over recent months events have been held in Watten, Dunbeath and Castletown to bring local knowledge to bear on the identification of rural images that have come to light during the on-going digitization process on the Johnston glass-plate negatives. A Local History Group has been formed within The Wick Society to discover more of the facts and stories that lie behind the images.
A part of the project some attic rooms at the heritage Museum have been refurbished to create a photographic laboratory for the printing and preparation of the exhibits. Following a successful digitization course, North Highland College have established further specialist facilities to 'clean up' important digitized images using modern computer techniques.
Exhibitions are planned for
Castlehill Heritage Centre - from 28 May to a date to be announced
Ross Institute Halkirk - from 5 July - 25 August
St Fergus Gallery Wick - from 23 July to 27 August.
Watch out for further announcements.
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