Berneray Historical Society celebrate HLF grant


Berneray Historical Society is to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) All Our Stories grant which will allow them to take forward an exciting new project.

Eilean Bheàrnaraigh - a’ cumail ar n-Eachdraidh beò (The Isle of Berneray - keeping our history alive), led by Berneray Historical Society, has been given £8,700 to use GPS technology to create a trail linking places on Berneray with their traditional Gaelic names.

All Our Stories, a brand new small grant programme, launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story – has been designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups will carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.

The popular series presented by historian Michael Wood and supported by a programme of BBC Learning activities and events got thousands asking questions about history and inspired people to look at our history in a different way through the eyes of ordinary people.

The programme and HLF All Our Stories has proved a real hit and now Eilean Bheàrnaraigh - a’ cumail ar n-Eachdraidh beò (The Isle of Berneray - keeping our history alive) is one of hundreds of successful projects around the UK to receive a grant.

Berneray Historical Society’s project will combine interpretation for visitors and residents with use of the endangered Gaelic language. The locations involved include cottages, ruins, wells, paths, jetties, harbours, hills, and lochs.

This project will be the first to map and interpret the locations and their Gaelic names using modern technology. The work will be coordinated by a part-time researcher who will work with a group of volunteers.

Read more in this week’s Stornoway Gazette.