At the foot of Robert Telford’s Old Bridge in Helmsdale, East Sutherland, sits the Timespan Museum and Arts Centre. Much more than just a museum, it plays a central role within the local community and describes itself as “a vibrant meeting place between our past and our future” that links “culture, heritage, the arts, people and their ideas”.
Founded in 1986, Timespan began life as a small heritage centre created by local residents with the aim of providing the community, and visitors to Helmsdale, with an insight into the area’s rich history.
Over the years, and with a significant redevelopment in 2007, it is now an award-winning museum that boasts an art gallery showcasing international, national and local artists, a community workshop and archive, a storytelling room and an IT suite. There is also a shop and an excellent riverside café overlooking the old bridge and herb gardens.
Opening Times and Prices
Timespan is open year round, every day between April and October and with slightly reduced opening times between November and March. Opening times for 2011 are Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm and Sunday 12pm – 5pm (winter opening times are 2-4 on Tuesdays and 11-4 on Saturdays and Sundays).
Entry to many of the facilities is free but there is an admission charge for the museum – adults £3.00, concessions £2.25 and children £1.50. Family tickets are also available for £7.50.