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Susan Kruse MBE

On Thursday 14 June, Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, attended The Goods Shed at Strathpeffer Station to present Dr Susan Kruse with the MBE that she had been awarded in the Queen's 2018 Birthday Honours.

Mrs Bowen said: Normally an MBE would be presented with all the pomp of Holyrood Palace or Buckingham Palace, but Susan has chosen to have her very well deserved award presented here in the heart of her community, amongst all of you with whom she has worked over the years.

I have to say that I find this particularly appropriate, because although the award is entirely hers, to a degree it rubs off on everyone here. I’m blessed to live next door to a couple of archaeologists and there’s no doubt that archaeology is infectious; indeed I fear I may have got a tiny bit of the bug which, as far as I can see, is without any cure! So, Susan has been infecting others with all of this and being infected right back by all of you. All of which means, as I said, a little bit of this MBE rubs off all over the place and that’s why I’m so delighted that Susan has chosen to receive this award amongst all of you.

The first thing to get straight is that Susan has a double major from Cornell in Archaeology and Anthropology, and a MA and MPhil from Durham in Anglo Saxon and Viking studies and then Archaeology and then finally a Doctorate from University College London. So, from a generation where girls going to university didn’t matter very much, I stand in awe from the outset! Her next step was a spell at the National Museum of Scotland, but then came the came the move to the Highlands and community based archaeology. And it is in community that Susan’s abilities have flowered.

She’s a mover and shaker in the Worker’s Educational Association, the WEA is the UK’s largest provider of adult education, and a Women at Work co-ordinator, and was nominated by them in 2014 as one of their inspirational women. But Susan has also worked with children too. Since 2003 she has led the Inverness Young Archaeology Club. Nearer to home, in 2009, she volunteered with ARCH (that’s Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands, not that I need to tell any of you that!) where she successfully attracted funding to deliver a range of community archaeology projects across the Highlands, becoming the Project Officer a year later.

Since then…well, I think I have entered territory which is well known, but perhaps I could just flag up her work with the Scottish Strategic Archaeology Committee representing Community interests.

So, thank you Susan, because, without your incredible background and enthusiasm and encouragement, the knowledge of our ancestors and how they lived would still be buried, literally. You have galvanised teams to go out in all weathers, following your example. You have galvanised teams to work with children and enthuse them in your subject. You have taught about and fought for archaeology, and you are infectious! I now have the greatest pleasure, on behalf Her Majesty the Queen, in investing you with your MBE for Services to Community Archaeology in the Highlands of Scotland.

Susan Kruse MBE

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 24/06/2018

Queen's Birthday Honours 2018 - Award of CVO to Mrs Janet Bowen

Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh was made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2018.

Queen's Birthday Honours 2018 - Award of CVO to Mrs Janet Bowen

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 24/06/2018

Skinner 60th at Tain

On 23 May Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty attended the Diamond Wedding celebrations of James and Catherine Skinner, and was pleased to present them with a card of congratulation on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.

Skinner 60th at Tain

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 24/06/2018

Moderator of the Church of Scotland visits Dingwall

Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, joined invited members of the local community and members of the Ross presbytery to welcome the present Moderator of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend Doctor Derek Browning, on the occasion of the Moderator's decennial visit to the Ross Presbytery.

Moderator of the Church of Scotland visits Dingwall

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 24/04/2018

HMS Grimsby at Kyle of Lochalsh

On 21 April Mrs Janet Bowen travelled to the Kyle of Lochalsh to accept an invitation to dinner on HMS Grimsby.

Mrs Bowen was received by the captain, Lt Cmdr Luxford and provided with a briefing on the ship's work.

This occasion gave an opportunity to meet with representatives of the local community and the Royal Navy to begin planning for the commemoration of the sinking of HMY Iolaire on 31 January 2018. This disaster could scarcely be more tragic. Survivors of the Great War, travelling back to Lewis for Hogmanay, left the train at Kyle and boarded the Iolaire for Stornaway, sinking just outside the harbour with 205 lives lost.

HMS Grimsby at Kyle of Lochalsh

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 22/04/2018

Elizabeth Fraser 100th birthday party

On Saturday 21 April 2018 Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, travelled to Tain to join the 100th birthday celebrations of Elizabeth Fraser and to present her with a card of congratulation from Her Majesty the Queen.

A very happy party was held at the Carnegie Lodge Hotel, with five generations of Elizabeth's family present.

Elizabeth Fraser 100th birthday party

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 22/04/2018

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