This is a Grade A1 listed building built in 1829 at a cost of £900. It was in regular use until 1935 as a Church of Scotland parish church. The last service was a wedding. The congregation finally moved into the current Church of Scotland building in Mill Street.
It is known as both a ‘Parliamentary’ and a ‘Telford’ church because it was following an Act of Parliament and Thomas Telford was the chief surveyor engineer involved in the design and building. The plans and specifications were actually by James Smith and approved by Thomas Telford. 32 were built throughout the Highlands of Scotland, all to the same design of which about ten survive, although Ullapool is the most complete. It seated 490 people with the gallery and was one of only three thus built.
It has been in use as a museum since 1995. The Museum Trust bought it from the Church of Scotland in 1990 for £1. In the mid-1990s it was refurbished as a museum to the colour and décor of the original 1829 building. This work cost more than £500,000, over £50,000 being raised by the community. Imagine the Trust’s dismay when serious damage was discovered in 2010-2012 resulting in another major repair and refurbishment programme in 2013 eventually costing nearly £200,000.
We are immensely grateful to our funders and supporters, in cash and in kind, and to the dedicated work of the Curator, trustees and many volunteers in managing and achieving this project. This work has only been possible due to the substantial funding and support from Historic Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund, Highland Council, Fargher Noble Trust, and the people and businesses of Lochbroom. We are particularly grateful to Ullapool Harbour Trust for lending us a temporary exhibition space for the period of the work.
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“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” - Thomas Telford