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TITLE
Peat bucket
EXTERNAL ID
AB_HFM_SCHOOL_041
PLACENAME
Newtonmore
DISTRICT
Badenoch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Kingussie and Insh
CREATOR
Clare Maclean
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
355
KEYWORDS
peat
fuel
schools
buckets
fires
Peat bucket

Peat bogs are made up of partially decayed vegetable matter. In many places around the world peat is used as a fuel. Peat bricks are dug up and dried. One of the advantages of peat as a fuel is that, once lit, it is very hard to put out. It is not uncommon to see large peat stacks dotted around the Western Isles of Scotland. Up until the early 1900s many schools would have had a bucket of peat like this one. In many areas the pupils would each bring a peat to school to help heat the classroom in the winter.

Knockbain School was a timber and corrugated iron kit school originally built in Kirkhill parish near Inverness. Kit schools such as this had a classroom, a cloakroom, a teacher's store and a toilet. Knockbain School was re-erected at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore in 1999 and has been set up to resemble a school in 1937.

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Peat bucket

INVERNESS: Kingussie and Insh

peat; fuel; schools; buckets; fires

Am Baile

Highland Folk Museum Schoolhouse

Peat bogs are made up of partially decayed vegetable matter. In many places around the world peat is used as a fuel. Peat bricks are dug up and dried. One of the advantages of peat as a fuel is that, once lit, it is very hard to put out. It is not uncommon to see large peat stacks dotted around the Western Isles of Scotland. Up until the early 1900s many schools would have had a bucket of peat like this one. In many areas the pupils would each bring a peat to school to help heat the classroom in the winter.<br /> <br /> Knockbain School was a timber and corrugated iron kit school originally built in Kirkhill parish near Inverness. Kit schools such as this had a classroom, a cloakroom, a teacher's store and a toilet. Knockbain School was re-erected at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore in 1999 and has been set up to resemble a school in 1937.