The Official opening of the Lews Castle Museum and Archive

This month has been a fantastic month for the archive and has been full of energy. We had the official opening of the Lews Castle, Museum and Archive at the beginning of the month and it included a visit from the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

Archive team with the First Minister on the day of the opening.

Archive team with the First Minister on the day of the opening.

During her visit to the archive, we displayed some of our most interesting collections that included:

  • A Barvas Rent ledger from 1854 -1867, one of the oldest items within the archive
  • The Minute Book of the Lewis District Committee from 1916-1920 which shows the first woman elected in 1919 to serve in local government in the Outer Hebrides, just a year after women over 30 were given the right to vote in 1918
  • And a Hudson Bay Contract from 1870 between the company and Malcolm MacDonald.
Seonaid Mc Donald, archivist, showing the First Minister the Lewis District Committee Minute Book from 1916

Seonaid Mc Donald, archivist, showing the First Minister the Lewis District Committee Minute Book from 1916

Each item has fascinating information held within and interesting stories to tell. They tell us a lot about how people lived from 1850-1920 and it is this era that is covered the most by the archive.

Shona MacLellan, trainee archivist, showing the First Minister the Hudson Bay Contract

Shona MacLellan, trainee archivist, showing the First Minister the Hudson Bay Contract

If anyone wants to do any research, and we mean anyone, the archive located in Lews Castle, Stornoway is open between 09:30 – 17:00 Monday to Friday, just call us on 01851 822750 to make an appointment and you too can see the items that the First Minister has seen.

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