Timespan is an award-winning museum and cultural development organisation which provides a unique experience for locals and visitors alike. Rooted in the village of Helmsdale, Timespan explores the history, heritage and landscape of its distinctive, rural location. Founded as a local museum in 1986, it has since grown to encompass an archive, shop, café, community workshop and gallery, the latter being the only public exhibition space in Sutherland dedicated to contemporary art.
The museum has a wealth of information about some of Sutherland’s more turbulent historical events, such as the Highland Clearances, alongside a varied collection of artefacts spanning thousands of years. Using the latest digital technology, visitors can travel through time and experience a virtual, immersive reconstruction of a pre-Clearances township. A Clearance Trail App is available to download for Apple and Android, for those wanting to follow in the footsteps of past Highlanders up the Strath of Kildonan.
Timespan supports local, national and international artists through a continuously evolving programme of exhibitions and residencies. The programme is supported by a series of events, workshops, discussions and films. Everyone is invited and welcome to participate.
Timespan’s picturesque Riverside Café overlooks the Helmsdale River, and there is also a herb garden, geology garden and gift shop.
Entrance to the art gallery is free.
Museum Admission: Adults £4 | Concessions £3.00 | Children £2.00 | Family tickets £10.00