Museum exhibit tells of Scottish Gaels’ arrival

Published on July 15, 2014
Melanie MacKay, left, Courtney Elliott, centre, and Shanice Skinner, all summer students with MacCulloch House Museum and Heritage Centre in Pictou, sit at a milling table on display at the centre as part of a Gaelic exhibit. The interactive exhibit will be on display until Sept. 5. Sueann Musick – The News 

PICTOU – An exhibit that tells the history of Gaelic life in Nova Scotia opened Tuesday at the McCulloch House Museum and Heritage Centre in Pictou.

"The exhibit is designed to build greater awareness and understanding of the history of Gaels in early Scottish society, including the Highland Clearances, and the immigration and the presence of Gaels in Nova Scotia today," said Lewis MacKinnon, executive director, Gaelic Affairs.

The exhibit was developed by Gaelic Affairs, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Museum, Communications Nova Scotia and design students with the Nova Scotia Community College.

It has interpretive panels in Gaelic and English that tell the story of the Scottish Gaels arrival in Nova Scotia and how their language and culture was passed on through generations. It features artifacts, like a milling table, and others from agriculture, domestic life and musical traditions, along with touch-screen kiosks, and a short movie presentation.

"This exhibit is designed to create greater understanding, awareness and appreciation of one of Nova Scotia's rich and unique communities," said Randy Delorey, minister of Gaelic Affairs. "It will also instil a greater sense of value for the Gaels and their role in Nova Scotia life."

The exhibit is open to the public Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m., until Sept. 5.

For more information on Gaels and Gaelic in Nova Scotia, visit .