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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.


Colour photograph showing the car deck of the Lord of the Isles ferry at Gott Bay pier in June 1992. In the foreground is the lift on which vehicles were taken on board. In the background is the roll-on roll-off pier extension under construction. (Original stored in filing cabinet 10 drawer 1)



Photograph of men at work building the Cornaigmore School in the 1920s

Black & white photograph of workmen putting the finishing touches to the newly built school at Cornaigmore in the 1920s. The building firm was Dallas of Dunoon. From right to left: Angus MacKinnon, Mr MacBain – clerk of works, Archie MacKinnon, Hector MacKinnon.



Large folder of An Talla Tender Documents, April 2003

Large folder of tender documents for the new community hall project “An Talla” dated April 2003. Includes reports on tenders, budgets, architects` drawings and plans. The documents were collected by Pete Blackhall, The Glebe, Scaranish, who sat on the project committee.

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