Tag Archives: Stornoway

The Nicolson Institution in 100 Objects (give or take)

Today saw the opening of a new exhibition in Stornoway Town Hall presented jointly by Stornoway Historical Society and the School’s Heritage Committee.  The event marks the closure of the old and fondly remembered Springfield Road campus as the school … Continue reading

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Friday photo, Stornoway Sanatorium

In the past few weeks we have had two enquiries from people looking for details on the Red Cross Sanatorium for treatment of tuberculosis patients.  The building opened in 1920, initially treating only ex-servicemen, but this was quickly extended to any … Continue reading

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Friday photo; survivors of the SS Norge

On Monday 2nd April at 2.05pm BBC Radio Scotland will broadcast the story of the shipwreck of the SS Norge in June 1904.  The SS Norge sank off Rockall with a loss of over 635 people, mostly European and Russian … Continue reading

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Friday photo; nice day for a boat ride

With some weather reports stating that today the Western Isles will be the warmest part of the UK, it would indeed be a lovely day for a boat ride.  This image is from c1906 and is taken at the mouth of … Continue reading

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Friday menu: Stornoway Literary and Debating Society

Today’s archive treat comes from the minutes of the Stornoway Literary and Debating Society, who held their first annual dinner 109 years ago. Lots of Stornoway figures attended the dinner, and apparently had to sit through a long evening of … Continue reading

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An Archive Tour of Stornoway

On Monday night I presented a paper entitled An Archive Tour of Stornoway to Stornoway Historical Society in the Council Chambers at Sandwick Road to around 50 people.  The talk took the form of a wander around the streets of Stornoway, stopping off … Continue reading

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Friday photo; Cum oiribh a’ danns’!

Stornoway Big Band are holding workshops to teach people dances such as the Jive and Charleston, so get your dancing shoes on!  Workshops are to be held between January and March in Stornoway and Benbecula, see this week’s Stornoway Gazette for … Continue reading

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Friday advert, K J Macdonald’s Chemist

Stornoway’s last locally owned chemist, K J Macdonald Ltd, is celebrating its 90th year in business this year and is now in its fourth generation of family ownership.  The shop was established by Kenneth John Macdonald, the present owner Karen … Continue reading

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Friday Photos; Old Shops of Stornoway

Last night we had our Old Shops of Stornoway event co-hosted with Stornoway Historical Society in the library.  I’m very happy to say that it was a great success with a fantastic turnout!  Our three speakers, Sandy Matheson, Norrie Macgregor … Continue reading

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Old Shops of Stornoway Event

Come along to our Old Shops of Stornoway event tomorrow night!  Norrie and Malcolm from Stornoway Historical Society will be talking about some of the old businesses of Stornoway and anyone attending is welcome to share their reminiscences of old … Continue reading

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