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Museum project to gather tales of female resistance during Clearances

14 November 2011

Museum project to gather tales of female resistance during ClearancesTimespan Museum in Sutherland has begun a project to collect tales of female resistance to the Highland Clearances in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Timespan Museum in Sutherland has announced that it has begun to collect accounts of female resistance to the Highland Clearances which took place from the mid 18th to mid 19th centuries. The project organisers hope that the tales of the wives, sisters and widows of the men who resisted being cleared from their lands will be given greater prominence, as part of a main project to mark the 200th anniversary of the Clearances in Sutherland in 2013.

Dr Ritchie, who lectures at the University of the Highlands and Islands, told BBC Scotland, 'I think the resistance to clearance is not well known. We all know people were cleared and people were evicted, but there is not much general knowledge that there was often some resistance to them.'

To find out more about Timespan's Museum Without Walls project, tel: 01431 821327.

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