The Hall

22 July 2021
Dig 2021: #4 Going deeper

Dig 2021: #4 Going deeper

Remember this? That lovely, well preserved turf line, where sheep may safely graze??? ….. Sorry, It was a huge piece [...]

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21 July 2021
Dig 2021: #3 Surveying

Dig 2021: #3 Surveying

Our borrowed Theodolite from Neil Kermode. John Rae would have thoroughly approved of this marvelous piece of surveying equipment!Here we [...]

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19 July 2021
Dig 2021: #2 Breaking the soil

Dig 2021: #2 Breaking the soil

Photo by volunteer, Duncan McNeish.Today was a great start. After very detailed and fascinating induction, we were set to excavate.Our [...]

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18 July 2021
Dig 2021: #1 Preparations

Dig 2021: #1 Preparations

The day before the dig. Chris Andrews of Orkney Craft Vinegar pictured here strimming in advance of the excavations, which [...]

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1 June 2021
JRS Conservation Plan

JRS Conservation Plan

The John Rae Society commissioned Simpson & Brown Architects and Heritage Consultants to produce a Conservation Maintenance Plan for the [...]

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19 October 2020
Archaeology 11: Final round up - for now!

Archaeology 11: Final round up - for now!

During lockdown, my wife, Sigrid and I decided to start the revamp of the wonderful cabin lent to JRS by [...]

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24 September 2020
Virtual Open Day at the Hall of Clestrain

Virtual Open Day at the Hall of Clestrain

Because of the current restrictions that you don’t need reminding about, we have created a virtual Open House so you [...]

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22 September 2020
Imagined artwork of the Hall when John Rae was a boy

Imagined artwork of the Hall when John Rae was a boy

As part of the Scotland Digs Digital campaign, illustrator Sara Julia Campbell has reimagined a 19th-century scene from the Hall [...]

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20 September 2020
John Rae's steps - almost!

John Rae's steps - almost!

Well! You know that Sigrid and I initially found a paved entrance to the northern side of The Hall of Clestrain. [...]

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