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Cromarty Courthouse's new manager a 'game-changer' in bid to showcase Black Isle town's 'fabulous history'

By Iona M.J. MacDonald

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New Cromarty Courthouse manager, Eilidh Young.
New Cromarty Courthouse manager, Eilidh Young.

The Trustees of Cromarty Courthouse have appointed Eilidh Young to be the new manager and curator at the historic museum. After receiving a grant from Museums and Galleries Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund, this is a significant step forward in securing the attraction's long-term future and sustainability.

Eilidh is an experienced museums' sector professional and the Cromarty Courthouse Trust has voiced delight that she has accepted the full-time role.

She has previously managed museums across Scotland and the North of England including Kilmartin Museum and the Dock Museum in Barrow-on-Furness. Most recently, she has been working as a museum and heritage consultant across the Highlands.


Co-chair of the trustees, Liz Broumley, said: “Eilidh joining us is a game-changer for our plans to re-establish The Courthouse at the heart of the community. The appointment will enable us to make its rich heritage and collections available to all, while preserving the building for future generations. We are grateful for the support of Museums and Galleries Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund, which has allowed us to bring someone of Elidh’s calibre and experience onboard.”

Eilidh Young said: “This is an exciting role. I have visited Cromarty many times and now I am delighted to be part of the town. Cromarty has over 300 years of history as a trading port and herring fishery and now as a haven for North Sea fabrication and renewable energy. It’s a fabulous history and I am excited by the opportunity to take The Courthouse forward as an important cultural monument.”

The Courthouse was built in 1773 by George Ross as a seat of justice and local prison. Today it's home to a wide collection of artefacts including Roman coins, pottery, works of art and local history through two World Wars. The Courthouse also holds a wide range of records and documents from the town and across the Highlands.

For further information and opening times for the Courthouse, visit: https://www.cromarty-courthouse.org.uk

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