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Wick Heritage Centre

Wick Lifeboat and Coastguard

Wick Lifeboat and Coastguard

The Wick Heritage Centre’s website banner acclaims it as "The Largest Multi Award-Winning Museum in the North Of Scotland".

Situated in Bank Row, Lower Pulteneytown, Wick, even the entrance to the museum is fascinating. This entrance area, however, is only one of 24 display areas in this large building and in others adjoining it.

The museum houses photographic and cinematic records, period rooms, print room, machine shop, reflections on civic life, displays of Caithness glass, exhibits on lighthouses and herring fishing and an art gallery. The Johnston Collection combines the work of three generations of local photographers, capturing the daily lives of Wick townspeople between 1863 and 1975 in an amazing 70000 photographs. Copies of some of these photographs are for sale.

The Heritage Centre comprises exhibitions at four locations – the museum itself, the Lifeboat Shed, the Herring Mart and the Pilot House. The Lifeboat Shed, (used as its name indicates as a lifeboat shed until the introduction of modern boats made its use impracticable), was acquired from the RNLI and is now the Winter home of the Isabella Fortuna, a traditional Scottish ‘Fifie" fishing boat.

The Herring Mart was built on the site of the local fish market which later became offices for fish sales men. The building is undergoing renovation to preserve it as it was in the years of the fish sales men and it will will also show films on the Wick fishing industry.

The Pilot House, an image of which is used as the logo for The Wick Society, had previously been used for storage of equipment belonging to pilots in Wick. Fishermen and townspeople also used it to observe boats (its location and design ensure panoramic views of town and harbour) and to share news of fishing. Currently, it is used to display local historical exhibitions.

The back of the Heritage Centre site boasts terrraced gardens. Visitors can walk up the terraces to wonderful views of Wick Bay and Lower Pulteneytown.

Well worth a visit, do take time to visit the far North of Scotland and the Wick Heritage Centre.

The Heritage Centre’s website is

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