Unforgotten Highland Women

A jewel thief, a witch, a doctor and an inspirational teacher are just some of the stories of incredible Highland women revealed from museum archives. Unforgotten Highland Women is a short podcast series, recorded at live events across the Highlands of Scotland, about remarkable local women. Pauline Moore – podcaster and freelance producer – with support from the team at XpoNorth was commissioned by Museums and Heritage Highland to host these events, interviewing the keepers of the tales, sharing the stories with local communities and holding information gathering sessions to help complete the picture.

The project has been supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. This fund is being delivered in partnership between Visit Scotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery Players.

In June 2022, Siobhan Beatson (Ullapool Museum) and Morven MacDonald (Highland Museum of Childhood), came together to welcome podcaster Pauline Moore to the Old Train Station in Strathpeffer to talk about an iconic Highland women who came from Ullapool but started her criminal career by being caught for the first time on the platform of the old train station in Strathpeffer, now the stunning location for the Highland Museum of Childhood. 

Mary Marjory MacDonald dubbed the ‘Female Raffles’ by the London press, targeted high end private members clubs and hotels in London and Brighton between 1913 and 1926. Stealing jewels, money, clothes and other paraphernalia. Her life of crime is told by Siobhan Beatson in Episode 1 of Unforgotten Highland Women.

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