Photograph of the old community hall at Crossapol in 2000
Colour photograph of the old community hall at Crossapol in 2000. The old hall was opened in 1960, demolished in 2001 and replaced by the new hall `An Talla` in 2004. (Original stored with 9 other photos of the old hall in filing cabinet 9 drawer 2)
Colour photograph of Sandaig Thatched Cottage Museum under renovation
Original colour photographic print of Sandaig Thatched Cottage Museum under renovation in 1991-92. Shows bare roof timbers before turves and thatch were laid.
Part of a thesis on early corrugated iron buildings by Nick Thomson (Skye).
Extract from MSc Thesis about 19th and early 20th century corrugated iron buildings in the Highlands and Islands, like the Reading Room (now An Iodhlann). By Nick Thomson (of Skye) in 2004.
The shed at Balemartine with the roof made from an old boat, photographed by Dr John Holliday in 2004.
The unpredictability of the sea quite naturally bred a strong sense of the magical and superstitious amongst Tiree’s fishermen. Everything had to be done sun- or clock-wise. Boats were always pushed into the sea stern first and then turned ‘deiseal’, clock-wise.
Women were thought to be unlucky in or near a boat. It was widely thought that it brought misfortune to have a minister on a boat. Even meeting a minister on the way to fishing was a bad sign. If anyone called after a fisherman going to sea it was unlucky and they turned back.
It was bad luck to burn a boat and the old fishermen would pull boats that were no longer seaworthy up on the shore and leave them to rot. Sometimes old boats were made into roofs for outhouses as in this photograph taken in Balemartine.
Photograph of 518 Squadron`s ready room, RAF Tiree
Black & white photograph of RAF 518 Metereological Observer Squadron`s ready room on Tiree during WWII. (Original in filing cabinet 8 drawer 3)
Photograph of the interior of a nissan hut, RAF Tiree ca. 1944.
Black & white photograph of the interior of a nissan hut showing bunk, book shelf and pin-ups, belonging to a crew member of 518 Squadron. (Original in filing cabinet 8 drawer 3)
Photograph of two RAF personnel relaxing in a nissan hut, Tiree ca. 1944.
Black & white photograph of Derek Dolwin (reclining on bed) and a fellow crew member of RAF 518 Met. Obs. Squadron, relaxing whilst off duty on Tiree during WWII. (Original in filing cabinet 8 drawer 3)
Photograph of the G-site aircrew billets at RAF Tiree.
Black & white photograph of distant nissan huts that housed the aircrew billets at G-site, RAF Tiree during WWII. (Original in filing cabinet 8 drawer 3)
Two lengths of straw rope, possibly made in the 1800s
Two lengths of twisted straw rope, one of sandy oats (490mm) and one of rye or wheat (780mm). Both were used to tie the cross cabers on to the main roof beams in a thatched house in Balevullin, possibly up to 200 years old.
Black and white postcard of Am Bail`Ur / The New Village, Balephuil, around 1900.
Postcard of Bail`Ur, Balephuil around 1900. Houses L-R: Taigh Iain Bhlac (his first thatched house at present-day cattle-grid); Taigh Iain ’ic Dhòmhnaill Mhòir (MacDonald); Taigh Mòr an Tuathanaich / Dhomhnaill Mhic Nèill (MacNeill); Taigh Nèill Òig / Chaluim Nèill Òig (Sinclair); Taigh Dhonnchaidh Mhurchaidh (Campbell); Bùth Iain ‘ic Dhòmhnaill Mhòir (MacDonald); Taigh Sheumais Bhàin (MacDonald); Taigh Fhearchair/Taigh Chailein Fhearchair (MacDonald); Taigh MhacÀidh (Mackay) / Ealasdair Iain Mhòir / a’ Ghreusaiche (MacArthur); Taigh Màiri Bheag; Taigh Ealasdair Bhrùin (Brown); Bùth/Taigh Ealasdair Lachainn (Mackinnon); Taigh Dhòmhnaill ‘ic Lachainn (Mackinnon); Taigh Chlèabhair (John Kennedy); Taigh na Coinneimh / Balephuil Mission House; Taigh Chaluim Nèill (Brown); Taigh Ghilleasbaig Chaimbeil (Campbell)
Amendments to house names provided by Ailean Boyd, Balephuil.