New curator for Insch Museum

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FOLLOWING the retirement of Ann Dean, the previous curator of Insch Connection Museum, the role has been taken over by Henrike Bird who is putting together the finishing touches of her first exhibition.

German-born Henrike explained she was a trustee before and it was planned for her to take over when Ann retired.

After gaining a Masters degree in Archaeology, European Ethnology and Art History, Henrike became spokesperson and scientist for a Hamburg museum.

She told the Herald: “I had my dream job at the Archaeological Museum in Hamburg where I started as a student.”

But life-changing events eventually pulled Henrike in another direction.

“I met my future husband Ashley who was a sub-sea engineer working in Hamburg. He is from Premnay so we got married in Insch, but four weeks after we were married he was offered a job in Switzerland,” she said.

He went to live there but I refused to leave my job – it wasn’t just a job, it was really important to me, so we agreed at the time to just be together at weekends.

“Sometimes I was able to work in conjunction with the museum in Zurich and that enabled us to spend more time together.

“When I got pregnant I spent my maternity leave in Switzerland, but we wanted to be close to family so we made the decision to both give up our jobs and come back to Insch.”

Insch Connection Museum is located within the station buildings at Insch, which survived the threat of demolition in 1992 and was restored to former glory thanks to intervention by locals, local council and funding from the European Union.

The exhibition featuring Williamston House and Estate and its close connection to Insch will run from Sunday, April 3 until Sunday, October 30.

Opening times are Wednesdays and Sundays 1.30pm until 5pm. Bookings for other days are welcomed.

Admission is free but donations are always welcomed.

For further information call (01464) 821354 or visit