Video - Call of the Gael exhibition launches

Items, images, film and presentations will form part of a series of exhibitions commemorating the remarkable human sacrifice of the Hebrides’ population during World War I.

On Friday evening at the An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway the project ‘Gairm nan Gàidheal’ (Call of the Gael) was launched.

The evening was heralded by a poignant video beamed onto the outside wall of the arts centre featuring images and news from the era, before the audience made their way inside to view the exhibition itself.

One of the main talking points of the exhibition was a model replica of the IMY Iolaire, which foundered off the Beasts of Holm on New Year’s Day 1919, as it carried returning servicemen home to the Islands following the end of the war.

The model was built by J. Campbell of Portvoller.