An Iodhlann has just heard that the Written in the Landscape project, led by Argyll and Bute Council Archives and the Argyll Papers at Inveraray Castle, will be starting very soon. The funding gap has been completed and Inverary Archives is about to advertise two project archivist posts.
Click here to find out more: written in landscape update Apr2017
In 2015, a hoard of Bronze Age swords and spears were discovered on the Isle of Coll. They are now being cared for by Kilmartin Museum, but need additional funding to conserve them for future generations of history enthusiasts. If you can help, please click on the image for further information.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has granted An Iodhlann £10,000 to organise the excavation of what is thought to be a Bronze Age, or even Viking, grave at Kirkapol. The excavation will be led by professional archaeologists who will be looking for assistance from local volunteers. Watch this space for more information…
Historical Ceilidh at An Iodhlann, Thursday 23rd March, 7.30pm
Ever wanted to chat about the history of the island? Had any questions or theories of your own? An Iodhlann is going to start a monthly history ceilidh. I will start the ball rolling by talking a bit about Lady Victoria Campbell over a cup of tea and a scone. What sort of woman was she and how much did she do for the island? But this isn’t a ‘lecture’. Everyone is welcome and anyone can chip in with their own ideas, queries or pet subjects.
See you at An Iodhlann! Dr John Holliday
An Iodhlann’s Chairman, Dr John Holliday, has written and published a new book ‘Longships on the Sand’. Based on some 250 Norse and medieval place-names, this fascinating new analysis demonstrates that the Norse influence on Tiree was intense, profoundly shaping the island from the ninth to the thirteenth century as one of the Outer Hebrides. Available from An Iodhlann at £35.
You can now find the location of your ancestors’ headstones via the graveyard maps on our Tiree Graves website. The maps are in the right-hand column of the website under the heading ‘MAPS IN PDF FORM’. You can zoom in on the maps to find your ancestor’s headstone number.
Following the success of Archaeology Week in April-May this year, a group from the Association of Certificated Field Archaeologists (ACFA) are returning to the island on the 4th-8th of October. Dr Colleen Batey is also returning on the 18th-25th October to give public lectures and a school talk. Next year, our Chairman, Dr John Holliday, will be working with Dr Heather James on a community project to dig a possible Viking boat-grave at Kirkapol.
A sea mine recently discovered under gravel on the Sandaig shore, is now on display outside An Iodhlann. When a Bomb Disposal Team dug up the mine on the 3rd of August, it was found to be empty of explosive, safe and reasonably intact. We have positioned it so that its innards are visible, as well as the locations of detonation horns and the hole where a time-sensitive self-destruct mechanism was installed. Hundreds of pebbles and shells are fused onto its surface. Tens of thousands of similar mines were laid around the Hebrides and the North Sea during the first and second world wars.
Catriona Smyth has completed her monumental survey of the Soroby and Kirkapol graveyards, producing a database of transcribed inscriptions (where legible) and photographs of all the stones, translations of any Gaelic inscriptions and cemetery maps showing the locations of all stones. This is all now available online via An Iodhlann’s website or by visiting www.tireegraves.org.uk.
An earthenware pot that was made on Tiree at least 150 years ago, but which has been in the Bute Museum since at least 1879, came home last month. Click on the image to find out more.