Highland Window on the World 2016 (at Hugh Miller’s Cottage, Cromarty, Highlands)

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December 1, 2016 all-day
NTS Hugh Miller's Birthplace Cottage and Museum
Church St
Cromarty IV11 8XA
Alix Powers-Jones
The window in question!

The window in question!

No strict deadline, but the sooner, the better!

Can YOU condense the essence of your research? If so, Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage & Museum (HMBCM) in Cromarty, Highlands of Scotland, is looking for you! 

HMBCM is planning this year’s “Window on the World” (WotW) Community Exhibition in the small window of the Hugh Miller’s thatched birthplace cottage that looks out onto Church Street, Cromarty.

HMBCM is inviting researchers, organisations and individuals to create a window “setting” for WotW2016. Tell the people of Cromarty about what you do, your research or your ambitions. The limitation is that you have very little space and time in which to tell your story. This is “snapshot” engagement.

The theme for this year’s exhibition is Journeys: physical, mental & spiritual. The choice of topic is very apt for Christmas, what with wise men following a star, and there is plenty of opportunity for innovation and interpretation. Every day from 1st to 24th December, the window display will change and have a different “setting” of something to do the theme. Passersby in Church Street, Cromarty will be able to see the displays through the street window, which is bottom right on the gable end in picture below.

The window space is very small (roughly 50 x 50cm window ledge with x 80cm tall display space) which a challenge and an advantage! Really there is just enough room for an object or two and a little writing of no more than one side A4 of font size 20 text (remember the text has to be read through a window). Please remember, however, that the display must be suitable viewing for all ages, with no specialist knowledge.

On each change over, the previous day’s window set will be removed and recreated in another room in the museum so that visitors can actually come into the Birthplace Cottage just before Christmas and see the WotW2016 displays to date. Catch up with displays they might have missed, see again favourite settings.

To get involved, email details of who you are, where you are and what is YOUR story to Dr Alix Powers-Jones on apowersjones@nts.org.uk. There is no strict deadline, but the sooner, the better!