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We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £10,000 from The Weir Charitable Trust. This will allow us to completely re-thatch the museum and re-paint the outside.

Our thatch roof is an integral part of Laidhay, but does require a lot of effort and money to maintain.

Lorraine Tait from The Weir Charitable Trust "The Trust is delighted to support the essential works required to preserve such an important building preserving crofting history."

This generous donation will allow us to keep this unique museum looking good for several years to come! So thank you to the Trust from us all for your help in preserving Laidhay Croft Museum.

Laidhay is a two hundred year old rush thatched Caithness longhouse just north of Dunbeath, and is a typical example of the older style of Caithness croft dwellings. These were a familiar feature of the agricultural landscape prior to the improvements of the 18th and 19th centuries. The croft museum incorporates the modified longhouse of the main building - the dwelling, with the stable and byre at each end, the detached barn with the original cruck roof and a cart shed to the south. There is also a modern shed, built to contain the museums large collection of farming implements

If you are interested in crofting history and the rural past, or if you are just exploring the county of Caithness, come to the Museum and see how people lived and worked, and how Laidhay fitted into the local community throughout its lifetime.

We are also on Facebook, visit us here - Laidhay Croft Museum - for interesting information and photographs.