Exploring over 200 years of Emigration from Berneray

Berneray Historical Society is holding a one-day conference in Berneray Community Hall on Friday 3rd August 2012. The conference is the culmination of the first fourteen months of an 18-month project, A’ tilleadh ar n-eachdraidh dhachaigh (Bringing our history home), and they will be presenting some results of the Society’s researches into emigration from Berneray.

The aims of the conference are:

To describe the historical and cultural background to emigration from Berneray

To discover the contribution made by Gaelic culture & heritage to new communities

The event will be followed by an evening ceilidh dance with Calum Iain MacCorquodale.

Speakers include:

Dr Marjory Harper, University of Aberdeen

Dr Mary Kae MacLeod, Cape Breton University

The conference is open to all and a £5 registration fee is requested in advance to help the society estimate numbers. The fee is inclusive of a light lunch, refreshments and the conference brochure.  Please contact the society to make your booking.

The Society will be publishing a booklet containing the results of their research together with the contents of the conference towards the end of 2012.  Peter Kerr, who is conducting the research, is still keen to hear from new contacts with Berneray connections and he can be contacted at peter.kerr@hebrides.net

About David Powell

Project Manager and Archivist with Tasglann nan Eilean Siar
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