Fishing Hall Restored
Fishing Hall Reopened.
Following an extensive refurbishment, the Fishing Hall of Wick Heritage Museum was reopened on the 21 September by Mr Willie Watt, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Caithness.
The roof of the listed building was seriously damaged by water ingress over many years and the advice of Historic Scotland was sought to find a solution.. Under the guidance of conservation architects it was decided that a roof replacement was necessary. The building was cleared in 2011 and the contstruction work started Severe weather delayed the start for a number of weeks and during the contract serious rot was discovered in some of the main beams. This further delayed the work and a planned reopening for April 2012 was not possible. When the roof work was completed, and the building handed back for internal refubishment, it was discovered that the level of humidity within the building was extermely high. A dehumidifying programme was implemented and eventually reduced humidity levels to allow the save reintroduction of artefacts.
The agreed cost of the works was £161,398 and was met by the following contributions.
CARS - Pulteneytown Conservation Area regeneration scheme £94,298
Highland Council - Wick Ward £9,100
Heritage Lottery Fund Grant - £50,000
Wick Society Funds£8,000.
The Wick Society acknowledges with thanks and gratitude this generous support
The Fishing Hall has been extensively refurbished with new displays and interpretative facilities incorporating sound. video and historical images from the Johnston Collection.
A significant series of training sessions was held over the winter season to develop the skills of the Museum Guides in conservation and historical interpretation.
The Society is indebted to Joanne Howdle , the curator of Caithness Horizons, for her advice and curatorial guidance.
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