Clyne Heritage Society
Clyne Heritage Society is a registered charity that was established in 1998 by a group of people living in the parish, who were interested in preserving Clyne’s fascinating and quickly disappearing heritage, e.g. demolition of coal mine in 1981 and Hunter’s Woollen Mill in 2004. The Society is made up of a committee of 12, and a current membership of over 120 individuals.
The overall aim of the Society is the advancement of local knowledge and history of the Parish of Clyne and the stimulation of public interest in its aesthetic and historical character through appropriate educational initiatives.
These aims are to be met by such objectives as:
- The preservation of the material inheritance of the Parish
- Undertaking conservation projects within the parish
- The production of reports, schedules and other forms of documentation
- The promotion and publication of research
- The encouragement of education liaison
- The presentation of public exhibitions and displays
- Representation to and collaboration with public bodies
- Support for the investigation of family history
- Communicating with other heritage groups (sharing information)
The history of Clyne is dominated by its long industrial past, e.g. coal mining, salt panning, tweed production, distilling, electricity generation etc. The early industries were established by the house of Sutherland and by the late nineteenth century Brora became known as the Industrial Capital of the North. Crofting and fishing also played a major part in Clyne’s working past and the Society is dedicated to researching the forgotten townships of Strath Brora, and members regularly organise guided walks to bring people back to the heartland of the parish.
Since its humble beginnings the Society has undertaken several major projects from salvaging machinery from Hunter’s Woollen Mill, clearing vegetation from Clynekirkton historical graveyard and most notably the survey and excavation work at Brora’s old salt pans site in partnership with The SCAPE Trust.
The Society also plays a considerable role in providing exhibits for the local heritage centre and each summer a range of displays are created for visitors to the area. Feedback from visitors is very positive and the Society has created a research area in the centre, where local information and a wide range of books are available to the public for research purposes.
The membership receives a copy of the Society’s annual publication entitled The Clyne Chronicle, which is full of historical articles and news about the Parish. In addition to this, all members receive an invitation to the opening of the annual exhibition and archive open nights. There is also a lively speaker’s programme that is free to everyone. A list of the Society’s publications and membership forms (fee £5.00) is available on the website at www.clyneheritage.com.