Welcome to the Ross of Mull Historical Centre

Ionad Eachdraidh an Rois Mhuilich

The Ross of Mull is an area so rich in history that there is still visible evidence of the lives of past generations on the beautiful coastlines and moorlands, wherever you walk. From ancient times to the sudden loss of a way of life in the 19th century due to famine, clearance and emigration, there are tales to be told and connections to be rediscovered.

The Ross of Mull Historical Centre (RoMHC) was established in 1997 to help make these connections for both the local communities and visitors to the area who are seeking information on the culture and family ties from the past. RoMHC is the hub for an archive about the people, the history and the natural environment of the Ross of Mull, gathered through research, projects and events. Visit us in Bunessan for a warm welcome and insight into a fascinating area of the Highlands of Scotland.

The Ross of Mull Historical Centre is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, SC030873

UPDATE January 2021 – At the Ross of Mull Historical Centre, the building – containing the museum and archives – is closed to the public just now for the winter. Last season we remained closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At the start of this year there is still uncertainty about how and when restrictions will be lifted, with the hoped-for return of visitors to Mull. We would want to offer a safe and welcoming environment when they do, so cannot at the moment give a definite opening date. As soon as that is in sight we will use local media, posters and this website to spread the good news.

The work of the Centre continues however.  We do our best to answer local history enquiries sent by email. If you have a genealogical search request, please visit our new Genealogy page and email enquiries@romhc.org.uk and we can do some research on your behalf – donations gratefully received! Our publications can also be bought on line and posted out. A Community Garden Project for local people is developing in our grounds. And of course we are preparing to welcome you next year. If you would like to make a donation, our bank details are available upon request.

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Our Centre

The Centre is a hub of information about the unique history of the people and culture of the Ross of Mull. It houses displays, a small library, excellent publications and a large archive of genealogical material.

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The Archive

The Centre contains a large archive of genealogical material relating to the Ross of Mull with many resources available to anyone interested in history and the natural environment. 

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Our Publications

The Centre produces a range of publications for sale including the very popular walking guides for the seven districts of the Ross of Mull.

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Our Projects

The Centre has undertaken research and development  projects which provide fascinating insights into life in the past on the Ross of Mull.

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Our News

  • Monday, 15 February 2021

    Update from the Community Garden Steering Committee

    Volunteers have been making progress all through the winter. Most weeks there have been two volunteering sessions and much has changed.

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  • Sunday, 13 September 2020

    The Community Garden in Bunessan

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  • Friday, 12 June 2020

    John Keats: a tourist in turbulent times

    Keats’ walk across Mull in 1818, drawn by the romance of Staffa.

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  • Sunday, 31 May 2020

    Croggies, Querns & Cromans ... Bickers, Quaiches & Cruisies

    The value of producing our own food locally has become very evident recently. We have posters for sale illustrating tools used in the past.

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  • Thursday, 28 November 2019

    Whales and Gaels – the 2019 RoMHC AGM

    The Convenor's report for the preceding year and the fascinating presentation from HWDT on 'Whales and Gaels'.

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  • Thursday, 14 November 2019

    Delving deeper into the archives

    Staff from Argyll Estates Archives enabled us to discuss our own resources, whilst giving us a privileged glimpse of the documents kept in Inveraray.

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  • Wednesday, 30 October 2019

    Anderson Shelters on the Ross of Mull

    Until recently, the Ross of Mull had a remarkable number of Anderson shelters. But why so many? Can you tell us any more about this story?

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  • Friday, 13 September 2019

    A Talk by Tom Aitcheson on September 10th 2019

    ‘Do we know where we are going?’ was the witty title of a talk by Tom Aitchison, of Kintra and Hamilton, a long-standing supporter of RoMHC

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The Ross of Mull is an extraordinary microcosm of all that draws visitors to the Hebridean Islands. The scenery, as you travel along the single-track road from the ferry at Craignure is breath-taking. You experience in the many walks in the area a true sense of wilderness; the secret bays with their beaches of silvery sand, the abundance of wildlife and the innumerable marks on the landscape of the lives of past generations and communities long gone. The Ross of Mull is a compelling place for anyone fascinated by history and the ancient way of life of the Gaelic people.

Contact Us

Ross of Mull Historical Centre
Millbrae Cottage
Isle of Mull
Argyll PA67 6DG

By Phone: 01681 700659
By Email: enquiries@romhc.org.uk

Opening Times

Sorry - we are temporarily closed.

See our Opening Hours page for further details.

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