The first thing that will strike you when you enter the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses is the team of passionate, vibrant characters who keep our museum running. Whether you enjoy our shop, tea room, museum or castle, you’ll be greeted by experts in their fields who are passionate about the culture and heritage that the museum promotes.

Meet the team

Lynda McGuigan

Museum Manager

Lynda McGuigan is the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses’ Manager with overall responsibility for the whole site including the team, the Castle, the Lighthouse and the Museum itself. She has already been featured on the BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo Show in her work on promoting the Museum. Lynda is also currently completing a PhD on her private passion, Pictish Stones. Indeed, she’s even discovered lion images on the 19th Century ventilation covers in the Light Room that can be traced back to early mediaeval Pictish Stones. How cool is that?

Michael Strachan

Collections Manager

Michael is our Collections Manager and a published historian, responsible for displaying and taking care of our nationally-recognised Lighthouse Collection. We know he’s right for the job; he devotes his free-time to researching local history including our beloved Kinnaird Head. Author of ‘Scottish Lighthouses: An Illustrated History’.

Anna Watt

Collections Assistant

Anna is our Collections Assistant, precisely cataloguing our precious, nationally-recognised Lighthouse Collection. As well as her acute attention to detail, Anna is particularly talented at mimicking our Museum Manager which causes much general delight. “I’m fine hen, how are you?”

Jacqueline McDonald

Museum Assistant

Jacqueline works front of house and is also a tour guide! She has also been responsible for earning the Museum a silver level Green Award as well as improving the Museum’s accessibility! In her spare time Jacqueline is kept busy as a full-time mum!

Frances Thomson

Admin Assistant

Our Administration Assistant, Frances, enjoys keeping our paperwork to a minimum (we love that too). Outside of work, she can be found at the hairdressers (weekly!) or at Fraserburgh’s indoor bowling club.

Lesley Jennings

Catering Supervisor

Lesley is an assistant in our cafe! She also has a degree in marine biology so if you see anything lurking the sea while you enjoy your tea, ask Lesley and she will probably know what it is!

Liz Bancroft

Cafe Assistant

Liz is our baker in our wonderful cafe! She is responsible for the yummy cakes and treats served as well as for the rest of the staff’s expanding waistlines!

Michael Cruickshank

Retail Manager

Michael is our Retail Manager with overall responsibility for the lovely Museum Shop, as well as being one of our Tour Guides. In his free time, he loves searching for and buying Horror Movies which means many hours of on and offline shopping! Open up movie stores, Michael’s on the way!

Joan Simpson

Joan volunteers at the Museum as a Retail Assistant!

Carol Smith

Retail Assistant

Like many in our team, Carol has two hats on when she comes to work, being both a Retail Assistant in our shop and a Tour Guide. She is also known to answer to the name Betty (ask Wilma) and loves coming to work! Carol’s motto: ‘Hard work never killed anyone but why take the risk?’

Shaun Cullen

Café Assistant

Shaun works front of house in both our shop and café!

We are an independent Charitable Trust (SCO23118) and a Company Limited by Guarantee (154337), dedicated to preserving the industrial and social history of Scottish Lighthouses. We are supported by Aberdeenshire Council and other partner organisations. You can support us too, by volunteering or giving a donation. Both are always highly appreciated.

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