All Welcome for Tasglann’s Old Shops of Stornoway Event

Hugh Mathesons shop in Stornoway.
Hugh Mathesons shop in Stornoway.

Tasglann nan Eilean Siar (Hebridean Archives) is co-hosting an event with Stornoway Historical Society in Stornoway Library on Thursday 11 August starting at 7pm looking at the Old Shops of Stornoway.

The event will look back at the old businesses and people of Stornoway, with an informal talk by Malcolm and Norrie of Stornoway Historical Society. All are welcome at the event and those attending are encouraged to share their photographs, artefacts and memories.

The evening will include a display of archive record and photographs to help jog memories including items relating to Hugh Matheson’s, the Lewis Coffee House and others along with a chance to see the new display boards on the shops of Stornoway recently installed in Stornoway Library.

David Powell, Project Manager & Archivist with Tasglann nan Eilean Siar, said “Shops and shopping are one of life’s necessities. The rise of the supermarket, chain stores and more recently internet shopping has changed the face of the streets of Stornoway, seeing an end to some of the independent stores such as the bakers, chandlers and chemists that people may remember. Thanks to the work of Stornoway Library, Museum nan Eilean and Stornoway Historical Society, many records and artefacts relating to our retailing past have survived. This fun evening is a chance to see some of these items, hear from two of Stornoway’s most knowledgeable people on the subject and share your own reminiscences.”

The Tasglann project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Comhairle and Comunn na Gàidhlig.