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Building McIntyre’s House

In 1967 the house was refurbished to provide accommodation for a member of staff when the township opened as a museum in 1968.  This involved the complete reconstruction of the ground floor.  This photograph of the back of the building was taken by Young Eddie...

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Who lived in McIntyre’s House?

Incomers to the township were generally related to an existing resident, even if only distantly. The story of Neil McPhail illustrates this. His uncle Colin Stewart lived in this house after came here from Kilninver near Oban in the 1870s, to take over the tenancy share...

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Building W

Auchindrain became a museum in the 1960s. This was the first building to be reconstructed, and was set up as a visitor centre. Today we use it as a site workshop and for storage. Census data from the 1840s and 1850s indicates that Building W was...

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Watercourses and Drainage

[intro]It rains a lot here! Good drains are vital to stop the ground from becoming waterlogged.  If the land is too wet the crops won’t grow and there won’t be enough grass for the animals. Keeping the drainage ditches open is vital work. [/intro] [details] A small...

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The Salting Barrel

[intro] This large ceramic barrel, made in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, was used to make and store salted meat and fish.  Before fridges and freezers, food was salted, pickled, fermented, dried or smoked to make it last longer than a few days.[/intro] [details] Many foods we enjoy today, like...

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Waulking the Cloth

[intro] Far from the byres where the family’s animals were kept, with chimneys to draw the smoke from the fireplace up and out of the house, the ‘Rooms’ of Auchindrain’s houses could be cosy and welcoming places. Socialising, and communal activities like waulking cloth, would take...

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