Annual Conference 2015 Programme

Tuesday 19th May

The Trustees and staff of Auchindrain invite anyone attending the conference who wishes to travel the day before, to join them for supper and drinks at the museum.

Wednesday 20th May

The morning is allowed for travel, or for those who have arrived the day before to explore the area.

1.00pm                        Lunch in the Auchindrain Visitor Centre

2.00pm            Guided Study Tour of Auchindrain, as a place to be experienced, as a museum to be managed, and a historic site to be conserved. This will be led by Bob Clark, Director of Auchindrain, with the support of other staff.

4.00pm            Tea

4.15pm            “Conservation Philosophy and Practical Challenges in the Preservation of Vernacular Buildings”. John Gleeson MRICS DipAACons, Auchindrain Conservation Surveyor.

5.15pm            Find overnight accommodation.

7.30pm            Dinner and House Ceilidh at Auchindrain. A taste of the townships, followed by a leisurely evening in Martin’s House and Stoner’s Barn with interspersed traditional entertainment and Loch Fyne Ales on tap.

Thursday 21st May

Conference attendees make their own way to the National Museum of Rural Life: lifts will be arranged as required. Allow 90 minutes for travel. The museum is open from 10am to 5pm, and time is thus allowed before and after the programme for self-guided tours of the exhibition galleries.

10.30 am          Coffee

11.00am           Guided Study Tour of the historic heart of the National Museum of Rural      Life, Wester Kittochside Farm, as a place to be experienced, as a museum to be managed, and a historic site to be conserved. This will be led by Elaine Edwards, with the support of other staff.

12.30pm          Lunch

1.00pm            Optional Guided Tour of the Combine Harvester Store.

1.30pm            “Form and Function: Understanding and Interpreting Traditional Farm Buildings, with Wester Kittochside Farm and Auchindrain as case studies”. Gavin Sprott, formerly Keeper of the Social and Technological History with National Museums Scotland.

2.30pm            Tea

2.45pm            Rural Museums Network AGM 2015

4.00pm            Depart