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2016.69.5

Colour brochure about the Thatched Cottage Museum at Sandaig, produced after the buildings had been restored by The Hebridean Trust and made open to the public around 1995. Contains information on construction and the layout of the house, byre and barn, and tools found therein. The museum was closed and sold into private ownership in 2010.

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2016.56.3

Colour photograph of a green double-decker bus at the pier-head car park in around 1975. On the side of the bus are the words ‘London Country’, plus a long Caledonian MacBrayne banner printed with the names of many west-coast islands including Tiree, and there are several items of laundry hanging in the windows suggesting that this is a long-distance tour bus. The old ticket office is visible on the left, and note the lack of buildings in the background on the right.

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2016.33.2

Bound booklet of transcribed excerpts regarding Tiree from the Autobiography and Memoirs of George Douglas, 8th Duke of Argyll (1823-1900).

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2016.29.1

Scanned copy of a ‘Permit to Enter a Protected Area’ issued by the Military Permit Office, Edinburgh, in 1942, belonging to Hugh McColl who came to Tiree to work on the construction of buildings on the RAF airfield during World War 2.

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Hugh McColl worked for The Glasgow Steel Roofing Company and was responsible for bringing men and materials over to construct the buildings on the airfield for the RAF. His work had it’s challenges, including battling with the weather right through the summer of 1942. The men were only paid when they worked, and he recorded on the time sheets for August that their hours varied because “… some men refused to work at times owing to the weather…”. They worked on Tiree from June to October.

Hugh appeared to enjoyed himself more than the men. He stayed with the Omand family at Balemartine School House and recalls having a great time fishing, harvesting and calling at the airport picture house, which was in a Nissen hut.

2016.14.1

University assignment ‘The Isle of Tiree: One of a Kind’ written in 2013 by Leanne Piper, University of Guelph, Canada, who is descended from emmigrants John MacKinnon (1816-1896) and Grace Campbell (b.1811), Cornaigbeg. Includes information on geography, crofting history, geology, the kelp industry and architecture.

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