Helen Avenell is part of the team at Ullapool Museum. She grew up in Ullapool and has long family connections to Ullapool and Lochbroom.

She studied History at the University of Glasgow and then spent a number of years travelling and working abroad before working for museums in Paisley and Glasgow.

After moving back to the Highlands, Helen came home to Ullapool as the Museum’s Development Officer in 2006. She has now rejoined the team as Curatorial Advisor and works with the team at the Museum to develop exhibitions, events and care for the collection.

Helen says, “…I truly have come full circle in my life. Having grown up in Ullapool, I feel deeply rooted in the culture and life of this vibrant community. It’s a very special thing to be able to bring my skills back home, and I love being able to contribute to the energy and vitality of Ullapool through my work with the Museum, telling the stories of the places and people of Lochbroom.”

Helen’s priorities in 2014 have been creating the wonderful crofting display which has brought a number of large objects out of the store; re-interpretation of the Voyage of the Ship Hector; the Full Circle exhibition earlier this year, and the Community at Sea exhibition. She is already busy on next year’s two temporary exhibitions – Klondyking, and Ullapool, Then and Now.

Helen Avenell

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