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Collection of items washed up on Tiree’s beaches for a mini exhibition titled ‘The Sea’s Harvest‘, held in An Iodhlann in 2022, including lids and labels from seafood companies in Norway and Ireland, fishbox packaging tape, plastic ice tea bottle from China, plastic fishing buoy from Spain, plastic Listerine bottle from Spain, plastic sea-sickness tablets container from Russia, wave-smoothed remnant of a Mortise-and-Tenon carpentry joint, plastic drinks cans holder.


Pewter quaich inscribed with the names of former Tiree Scottish Women’s Institute members, from 2000 to 2005. the names inscribed are: Mrs W. MacFadyen (2000), Mrs A. MacDonald (2001), Mrs A. MacKinnon (2002), Mrs A MacIntyre (2003), Mrs A. MacKinnon (2004), Mrs M. MacIntyre (2005).

Jennie Niven, the donor, was the final organiser for the last 15 year’s of the SWI’s organisational history in Tiree.



Blue and gold, metal Ontario Mod badge mounted on a wooden plaque with plate inscribed “1979, The Walter McFadyen Memorial Trophy, Solo Singing, Song Composed in Canada”. From the belongings of the MacDonald/MacCorquodale/MacLean family of Kenovay.


Copper Irish half-penny, minted in 1747 and bearing a Hibernian George II. Found in 2022 in the sand at the west side of Scarinish Harbour, in front of the black-roofed house. Accompanying paperwork includes a map, and descriptions of the find and the finder. It is thought that the coin fell from the pocket of a sailor as he came ashore.


Photograph and sample of gutta-percha from a bale found embedded in the machair shore at Sandaig (NL 936 436) by visitor Jennie Hynd in September 2022. The extent of the lichen and vegetation on the bale suggests that it had been there for some time.

Gutta-percha is a stretchy, rubbery material, derived from the latex of the Palaquium gutta tree in Malaysia. During the second half of the 19th century, gutta-percha was imported into Britain in vast quanities and used as insulation for underwater electrical cables, golf balls, chewing gum and root canal treatment. Synthetic materials have since largely replaced it.

Bales of gutta-percha have been washed up on the beaches of western Europe for over 100 years, with many likely to have come from ships wrecked during WWI such as the Japanese liner Miyazaki Maru, which was sunk by a German U-boat off the Scilly Isles in 1917.



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