Category: Social History

Gaelic Film P E Smith Poet Uig

Film Peigi Oigrig far a Cnìp, Uig, Leòdhais ag innse mar a thug bràthar a seanair dhi gìt a’ bhàrdachd agus e air leabaidh a bhais. Taigh Fasgaidh Erista, Uig Media 2011 (5 mionaidean). Bha Peigi na bard agus na seinneadair ainmeil agus tha ag innse mar a thachir an latha a chur brathar a seanair fios oirre.

Film of Peggy E Smith, Cnip, Uig, Isle of Lewis relates how her grand uncle on his deathbed gave her the gift of poetry. Filmed at Erista Care Unit by Uig Media in 2011 (duration 5 minutes). Peggy E Smith was a bard and well known singer. Peggy describes the day her grand uncle sent for her and how he bestowed the gift on her.

 

Island Women and Crofting Isle of Lewis

Island Women and Crofting Isle of Lewis

The Gearrannan Social History Project in the Isle of Lewis has produced two information leaflets Gearrannan Women and Crofting in Gearrannan. The 2017-18 research project comprised of interviews, exhibition, a lively Facebook page and information sharing events.

The social history research subjects for a crofting community on the West coast of the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides were crofting, animals, family and village life.

The project was funded by the National Lottery and project manager was Dr Mary Macleod. Field officer Magaidh Smith worked on the project October 2017 to March 2018.

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/The-Gearrannan-Project-620732337999211/?ref=bookmarks.

 

Dementia Friendly Community

Dementia Friendly Community

Toil Inntinn The Will of the Mind is a new 2018 bi-lingual publication by Magaidh Smith.

I have been working as Gaelic and Culture Activities co-ordinator on the Arora Dementia Friendly Community project, An Lanntair, one day a week for the last two years. I met and worked with lots and lots of lovely people during that time.

Toil Inntinn (The will of the mind) is a book in two parts. Part one is a selection of my blogs, describing group activities and incredible conversations. Arora also had a research element. Part two is an array of culturally relevant conversations about memory. Thank you to all those who participated in the interviews.

Arora was funded by Life Changes Trust.

Prisoners of War 51st Division St Valery

Prisoners of War 51st Division St Valery

St Valery Memories 2018 is 44 page publication with research on Prisoners of War captured in the 51St Division, at St Valery-en-Caux in 1940. It  includes diary accounts by the Prisoners of War  from the Isle of Lewis, during their 4 years in captivity. Continue reading “Prisoners of War 51st Division St Valery”

Crofting Life in Isle of Lewis Uig -The Bulls

Crofting Life in Isle of Lewis Uig -The Bulls

Crofting life in Uig Isle of Lewis involved looking after cattle and towing a bull to an offshore island once a year.

Every crofting family living in the Outer Hebrides, were dependent on their own cow to provide milk, butter and crowdie to supplement the family food supply. Continue reading “Crofting Life in Isle of Lewis Uig -The Bulls”

Gaelic -The language of the Hearth

Gaelic -The language of the Hearth

I am working on Arora the Dementia Friendly Community Project this month.

Working on this project I am the privileged recipient of all kinds of personal stories and cultural treasures, which spill out instantly between the handshake and island Gaelic burr. Continue reading “Gaelic -The language of the Hearth”