Volunteers spruce up Carradale museum

Words and picures Mark Davey

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A treasure trove of Carradale’s bygone life housed in a former forestry building has been given a spring clean.

A large group of willing volunteers, starting last Saturday afternoon, donned overalls to sweep and paint the Network Centre’s small museum, opposite its busy café.

The clean-up in advance of this year’s tourist season soon uncovered more serious faults such as rotten window sills and an electricity socket in need of urgent attention.

The museum and its artefacts – including a set of murals by Carradale primary school children – which was once rated as three stars by Visit Scotland, was put together more than 25 years ago.

Carradale’s three main industries – fishing, forestry and farming – make up most of the museum’s displays.

At the rear of the building is a snake pit believed to be where forestry workers once put snakes found during their work.

The museum features on the website Undiscovered Scotland but is shown with a clean corrugated iron roof without its current rust blemishes.