News & Events

A Celebration of Local Poet, Olive Fraser

At this year's Nairn Book and Arts Festival, Nairn Museum premiered a film to highlight the work of poet Olive Fraser.

You can watch the video by clicking on the link below:

A Woman’s Place: Prominent women from the history of Nairn

A celebration of Nairn's most notable women through the years.

Whilst this exhibition cannot be visited in person due to the current Coronavirus situation, Nairn Museum have created three videos to support the 'Prominent women from the history of Nairn' event. These videos can be watched using the links below.

An Introduction to "A Woman's Place:
Prominent women from the history of
Isobel Rae, curator of Nairn Museim
1961-1981. The second in our series of
films on prominent 
Nairn women.
Kate Sheppard, the evangelical
Suffragette from Auldearn. The third
in our series of films on prominent
Nairn women.

Retail Therapy: Shops and businesses in the historic market town of Nairn


An exhibition highlighting the many shops and businesses that have thrived in the local Nairnshire community.

Although the museum is still closed to the public, work is continuing behind the scenes, researching and cataloguing our collections, investigating and documenting our local heritage, and organising future exhibitions. A project we are working on just now is entitled: ‘Retail Therapy: shops & businesses in the old market town of Nairn’. 

We are looking at the community of the High Street and the people who owned shops and businesses. The museum holds an extensive collection of local photographs, but we are hoping to gather more information about the shops, businesses and the people who ran them – to discover more about the fascinating stories behind the photographs. We hope that this can then become an exhibition highlighting the many businesses that have thrived in the local community. 

If you have any connections to local businesses please send us your stories, memories and photographs so that we can add these to our archive. We would love to hear from you! Contact the museum on 01667 456791 or email You can also leave a message/share on our Facebook page or even post any info to the museum.

Isobel Gowdie, Witch of Auldearn: A cycle of paintings by Julia Jeffrey

A fascinating insight into self-confessed witch, Isobel Gowdie through the work of local artist Julia Jeffrey. Isobel Gowdie's confession in 1662 provides one of the most comprehensive insights into European witchcraft folklore at the end of the 17th Century witch-hunt era. 

This exhibition has been postponed due to the current Coronavirus COVID-19 situation