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Black Isle museum visitors greeted by tattooed Easter Ross primary kids after weekend takeover at Groam House


By Hector MacKenzie

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Alfred, Harry and Mirren with Andrew Newton.
Alfred, Harry and Mirren with Andrew Newton.

VISITORS to a world-renowned Black Isle Pictish and Celtic art museum were greeted by tattooed Easter Ross primary school pupils during a "takeover" day with a difference.

Kiltearn Primary School pupils learned about the Picts and their own local history with guidance from Groam House Museum educational outreach volunteer, Andrew Newton ahead of the big event last weekend.

The class then visited the museum to see the Pictish stones exhibition in person and prepare for their big day.

Ayla teaching a game to visitors.
Ayla teaching a game to visitors.

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The pupils dressed up in Pictish costumes, complete with tattoos – perhaps painted like the original Picti – and greeted visitors to the museum. Throughout the day they shared their knowledge by talking about the museum's stones including the impressive 2.6m Rosemarkie Stone, explaining the cross symbols on it, and the shrine which might have belonged to St Curadan, using a model reliquary with chicken bones as illustration. The children taught games from Pictish times to visitors, and even succeeded in ringing up gift shop sales on the till.

Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie.
Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie.

The museum staff were pleased with their youngest volunteers and hope to have more come back to takeover the museum next year.

Austen and Ayla in takeover mode.
Austen and Ayla in takeover mode.

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