Friday photo; St Kilda Parliament

Sunday marks the end of the first annual Parliament Week, a new initiative which aims to raise awareness of Parliament and encourage engagement with the UK’s democratic systems and its institutions.

The above photograph shows the famous St Kilda parliament where the men of the island would meet daily to plan the activities for the day. Responsibility was shared amongst all the men, with no one leader and an opportunity to speak provided to each member.

Another famous Hebridean parliament is the Stornoway Parliament, which used to meet daily in Smith’s Shoe Shop until its closure in 2006, though the focus was perhaps more on cups of tea than planning the day’s work!

About David Powell

Project Manager and Archivist with Tasglann nan Eilean Siar
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