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Mull Brownies work goes on display

8 May 2012

                                                       The Ross of Mull and Tobermory Brownies gave visiting delegates to a research seminar on Iona a guided tour of the island’s nunnery.

Work by Ross of Mull and Tobermory Brownies and Rainbows is to go on display in Bunessan in time for the Museum’s festival beginning on May 18.

The girls who make up the two groups, aged 7-10, worked together to learn more about the history of the nunnery on Iona. Now their art work is on show at as part of Scotland’s Festival of Museums at Tigh na Rois, the Ross of Mull Historical Centre (ROMHC). It will then go on to Tobermory.

Historic Scotland Learning Development Officer Fiona Davidson said:

“This was the first time that the two Mull Brownie groups had taken part in a project like this. It started with a visit to Iona, which the two Rainbow groups also attended, so that they could learn about the history of the nunnery and Abbess Anna McLean in particular.

“They learned about what life was like for the women who lived at the nunnery and this allowed us to explore aspects such as the fabrics that would have been worn and the plants and herbs that would have been used medicinally.

“It has been a wonderful success and as a result the Brownies were invited to present their project and lead tours of the nunnery to the experts that visited Iona to look at new research.

“Now, with this exhibition, more people will be able to discover some fascinating facts about the nunnery as we take it on tour.”

The exhibition was previously on show at St Ronan’s chapel on Iona.

Sue Penny, Leader with Tobermory Brownies:

“It's been great to see how much the girls have taken from it, and how it has fired their imagination.”

Ann MacLellan , Ross of Mull Brownies Rainbows Leader:

“It brought everyone together and introduced new ideas and information to everyone.”

The weekend of celebrations linked with Scotland’s Festival of Museums will include a talk by distinguished artist Stephen Raw, whose exhibition inspired by Kilvickeon toured the country several years ago, a visit to the ruined church and burial ground and an exhibition of work by children who explored the nunnery in Iona – a building linked in time and architecture to Kilvickeon.

The events include:
Friday May 18 – 10.30am Talk by Stephen Raw on the Art of Remembering
12 – 4pm Displays, archives and tea and coffee available at the Historical Centre
1.45pm – Visit to the churchyard at Kilvickeon wit Sue Reed and Anita Tunstall. Meet at Historical Centre Gate.

Saturday May 19 – 10am – 4pm Displays, archives and tea and coffee available at the Historical Centre. These include a display about the Mull Brownies project with Historic Scotland, in which they learned about the Nunnery.
7.30pm - Ceilidh in Tigh na Rois, with the Ross of Mull Poets.

Notes for editors

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at:

  • The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at

                                                            Year of Creative Scotland 2012

For further information

Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
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