Visit Museum nan Eilean before it closes

Recently appointed heritage manager Catriona West
Recently appointed heritage manager Catriona West

The Comhairle’s Heritage Team would love as many people as possible to come and visit the museum before the galleries close for developing the new programmes.

The team would be delighted for visitors to both to share their memories of the ‘old’ museum and contribute to creation of the new one.

School classes and group bookings are welcome – the current exhibition is called Aodainn agus Àiteachan/ Faces and Places. Book on 01851 822746.

Bring your friends and family to the last day celebrations – pop in to the museum anytime on Saturday 29th September and enjoy musicians and storytellers, reminisce about the good old days and look forward to the new museum and archive at Lews Castle.

Colin McLean, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Scotland:”It is the start of a bright future for the tourism economy of the Western Isles as Lews Castle is transformed into a beacon of Gaelic culture.

“The groundwork starts now. Local people and schools and heritage partners from across the islands will all play their part in creating a ground-breaking museum which will preserve and celebrate the heritage of the Outer Hebrides.”

The next two years will see museum and archive staff at work in the Francis Street museum, testing installations and displays with audiences.

The galleries will also become an activity centre for developing new learning programmes with visitors of all ages.

Catriona West, recently appointed as Heritage Manager said: “Although there will be no public exhibition programme at Museum na Eilean until the opening of the new museum and archive at the castle - there will be plenty going on and lots of opportunities for people to get involved.

Keep up to date, follow progress and contribute through our Museum nan Eilean Facebook page and Twitter (Twitter(@museumnaneilean).

There will also be an on-going display of progress at Stornoway Town Hall created by Museum and Archive staff working closely with Stornoway Historical Society.

The Museum will continue to work with our heritage partners across the Outer Hebrides who have helped to shape the plans for this landmark project.