Monthly Archives: October 2022

Johanna and another school cleaner have been hard at work putting in our peats. They are very wet indeed. Poor J. was nearly in tears several times with the stack falling down. She could not get it to stand. However they did manage to get the peats all round to the back and cleared the playground so that is good… Stornoway 30th Oct. 1918

Mrs Gibson sympathises with the school cleaners’ battles with a peat stack; she expresses cautious hopes for peace, and is about to rescue Barrie the cat who is out in a storm. The next in our series of letters from … Continue reading

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The lectures on painting – very good indeed. Make the most of them by supplementing by visits to the Gallery. Frequent visits to one good picture by a particular artist is better than general looking over a number of pictures. I remember a Turner of my youth I used to visit in the Glasgow gallery. Last time I saw it the colours had faded badly – that was one of Turner’s weaknesses I understand, his carelessness of permanency – but my picture was still vivid as of old… Stornoway 27th Oct. 1918

Mr Gibson gives Jean advice on art appreciation; he has also been digging his allotment, and communing with Barrie the cat. The next in our series of letters from the W.J. Gibson collection held by Museum nan Eilean. Please get … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The lectures on painting – very good indeed. Make the most of them by supplementing by visits to the Gallery. Frequent visits to one good picture by a particular artist is better than general looking over a number of pictures. I remember a Turner of my youth I used to visit in the Glasgow gallery. Last time I saw it the colours had faded badly – that was one of Turner’s weaknesses I understand, his carelessness of permanency – but my picture was still vivid as of old… Stornoway 27th Oct. 1918

Katie Pope … was telling me that at Mrs. Hector Ross’ sale yesterday the furniture etc made £170. Miss Maggie Robertson paid 27/6 for a pair of old jugs! and there were other fancy prices. Poor old Mrs. Ross! it is a pity she didn’t leave her possessions to those who had been good to her. Her nephew pocketed the proceeds and withdrew. It was quite a nice little wind-fall for him. He even took all her little bits of jewelry away with him… Stornoway 24th Oct. 1918

Mrs Gibson has had difficulties with a ration book. She also raises an eyebrow at an undeserving inheritor, and gives Jean advice about how to avoid the flu. The next in our series of letters from the W.J. Gibson collection … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Katie Pope … was telling me that at Mrs. Hector Ross’ sale yesterday the furniture etc made £170. Miss Maggie Robertson paid 27/6 for a pair of old jugs! and there were other fancy prices. Poor old Mrs. Ross! it is a pity she didn’t leave her possessions to those who had been good to her. Her nephew pocketed the proceeds and withdrew. It was quite a nice little wind-fall for him. He even took all her little bits of jewelry away with him… Stornoway 24th Oct. 1918

We got your telegram this morning and were glad to know that you had arrived safely. We took it that your “white elephant” meant your luggage, though it is difficult to regard a trunk as being an elephant (groans!)… Stornoway 10th Oct. 1918

Mr Gibson tells Jean a terrible “Dad” joke; Barrie the cat has gone out for a little walk so has not sent a message.  Lack of news from the War Office about an acquaintance is causing concern. The next in … Continue reading

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Museum Archaeology Open Days in July: An Introduction to Outer Hebrides Archaeology Objects

Over the last two weeks of July, we had the Museum Archaeology Open Days with the theme of An Introduction to Outer Hebrides Archaeology Objects. What an experience! It was an excellent opportunity for visitors to have a nosey behind-the-scenes … Continue reading

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The Site of Loch na Beirgh

The site of Loch na Beirgh is a broch on a rocky islet in a loch, now silted up and covered with reeds, near Traigh na Beirgh in Bhaltos. It is a protected Scheduled Monument with great significance to the … Continue reading

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Archaeology Awakened Project

Welcome to Archaeology Awakened, the new project from Museum nan Eilean and funded by Museum Galleries Scotland. As a natural continuation of the Sonràichte project, improving the management, knowledge and access of the archaeology collections , this project will continue … Continue reading

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