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Local Heritage Events 2018/19

Local Heritage Talks and activities

LAHS Winter Programme 2018–2019
Talks take place at 7.30pm in St Columba’s Cathedral Hall, usually on the third Friday of the month, but this occasionally varies to suit visiting speakers. Visitors are most welcome and the entrance fee for non members is £3.00

Fri 19th October – Rosemary Power ‘Carvings and crosses at Iona’s nunnery and abbey’
Fri 16th November AGM (at 7:00). Your chance to have your say about the Society + Bob McCulloch – ‘Slides of old Oban’
Fri 14th December – Alison Diamond – ‘Insights from the Argyll Papers’

Fri 18th January 2019 – Phil Richardson – ‘A Viking Burial on Ardnamurchan’
Fri 15th February – Tertia Barnett (RCAHMS)- ‘Rock Art of Kilmartin’
Fri 15th March – Stuart Campbell (NMS) ‘Mediaeval Archaeology’ – ‘Geology of the Crinan Canal’
Fri 5th April – Fraser Hunter (NMS) – ‘Scotland’s Early Silver’.

Appin Historical Society PROGRAMME 2018-19
Indoor meetings are held on the third Saturday of the month at Port Appin Hall at 2.30pm,
15 September 2018 The Building of the West Highland Railway: Chris Robinson
20 October 2018 Kidnapped and the Appin Murder: Lord Stewart
17 November 2018 Weather Watching: Roger Evans
8 December 2018 AGM with drinks and nibbles. An Incident at Sea: Roger Evans

19 January 2019 The Appin Murder – An Inside Job?: Alan MacInnes
16 February 2019 Folktales and Place Names of the Forest of Muchairn: Brig. John MacFarlane
16 March 2019 The Sutherland Clearances: James Hunter

Ardchattan Parish Archive : no formal meetings set, visitors welcome by arrangement, FB : Ardchattan parish archive for on going activity and learn of upcoming meetings.

Dunollie – Check out their website and FB for events and activities.

Oban Heritage Hunters – Monthly Blethers – check out FB for events

Friends of Kilbride – Check out their website and FB for events and activities.

Oban Family history Group – check out FB for upcoming meetings

Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre – Check out their website and FB for events and activities.

Friends of Argyll Papers – volunteer activity, visits and meetings

Scottish Community Heritage Conference is IN OBAN this weekend !

Saturday 17th September at 10:00–17:00
Argyllshire Gathering Hall, Oban

Tickets are still available (a bargain at just £10, including lunch!) and should be booked through the conference page on the Archaeology Scotland website –

Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference at Oban
Saturday 17 th September 2016
9.15 -10 Registration desk (tea and coffee available)
10.00 Conference opens
10.00 Robin Turner (HES, Chair) Welcome
10.10 Caroline Boswell & Rhona Dougall (Oban Communities Trust) Oban Social History – Heritage Hunters
10.35 Elaine Black (ACFA) Riddle of the sands – ACFA Tiree Survey 2016
11.00 Katie Hunter (DRBs Scottish Women’s History Group) : The Frederick Douglass Project: a 19th century Scottish protest campaign
11.25 Coffee break
11.45 Ardnamurchan History & Heritage Association : Exploring and celebrating the heritage of the Ardnamurchan peninsula
12.10 Robert Hay (Lismore Historical Society) The Lismore Nave Project
12.35 Campbeltown Grammar School The historic township of Glenrea
13.00 ONE MINUTE MAYHEM! 60-second presentations by conference delegates
13.15-14.50 Lunch and Stalls
Two lunchtime events will begin at 13.45, each lasting about 60 minutes:
a. Oban Built Heritage Trail, led by volunteers from Oban Communities Trust
b. Architectural Orienteering Trail with a difference (and a prize!) led by Scotland’s Urban Past
14.50-17.00 Community Empowerment Seminar introduced by Phil Richardson (Archaeology Scotland)
(with coffee break at 15.40)
This year sees the implantation of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, which will open up new possibilities for publicly-owned assets to be transferred to and managed by local communities. This afternoon’s seminar will be an opportunity to discuss ongoing work and aspirations among communities across the country, and the skills and support that groups might need along the way.
We will hear from communities already involved in asset transfers, including Oban Communities Trust; Am Fasgadh regeneration Company (Kingussie); Forres Heritage Trust (Scottish Heritage Angels Award winners in 2015)
Short presentations from these three will be followed by a broad discussion, with professional experts in the field on hand to give their advice.
17.00 Thanks and Finish

Oban World War One Roadshow event September 2016

Scotlands War – World War One Roadshow : Oban : September 9th – 10th

A two-day event will be held in Oban on Friday 9th September and Saturday 10th September as part of a number of roadshows being organised by Argyll and Bute Council to commemorate World War One.
Yvonne McEwan from Edinburgh University will start the event on Friday 9th September with a talk in Oban Library at 7.00pm about the Scotland’s War Website.
As well as leading this interesting and innovative project, Yvonne is also an expert in family and military history.
People in Oban, Lorne and the Isles are therefore invited to take along their family stories, artefacts and photos from the Great War to Oban Library on Saturday 10th September between 10am and 1pm where Yvonne will provide help in identifying items, learning how to find free information online and much, much more.
As part of the work being done by the Council to mark the centenary, they also want to hear about stories from the home front, as well as of those who fought on the front line. So whether you have a story about a woman in your family who took on a traditional man’s job and became a bus conductor or whether you have a photograph of your grandmother milking cows and helping with the harvest, we would like you to come along.
The Council’s Policy Lead for Community and Culture, Councillor Robin Currie, said, “This event is just one of a number of events being organised by Argyll and Bute Council, in partnership with the World War One Steering Group, to mark the centenary of the First World War and remember those who sacrificed their lives for our country.
“There are many people who have artefacts, photographs and various other memorabilia from World War One that have been passed on to them down the generations. Many of these people are unsure of the history of these items and Yvonne’s visit is the perfect opportunity for people with these things to go along and find out their story.”
Please come along to one or both of the events, and contribute to Scotland’s knowledge of its contribution to The Great War.
Scotlands War Roadshow Oban event September 2016

Rockfield Heritage Workshops September 3rd 2016

Free heritage workshops Saturday 3rd September 2016 at Rockfield Centre, Oban

click the links for more info and to book your place!

When : Saturday, 3 September 2016 from 09:30 to 13:00
Where : The Rockfield Centre – Stevenson Street, Oban, PA34 5NA
This hands on workshop will introduce you to a range of resources you can use to investigate the history of your house, street or town.
Get hands on with history of this interactive workshop from Scotland’s Urban Past and the Oban Communities Trust.
This guided journey through resources such as maps, historical photographs and the Scottish Post Office directories will give you the skills and confidence to embark on your own investigation into the history of your house, street or town.
Suitable for heritage newcomers.
Due to limited capacity of the venue, booking in advance is essential.
Please note, a photographer may be present at Scotland’s Urban Past events and the images may be used for promotional purposes. Continue reading

Archive classes at Lochaber Archives, Fort William June 2016

Classes starting WEDNESDAY 8 June for 2 weeks (Wednesdays, 12.00 pm to 1.00 pm.)

Lochaber Archive Centre, West Highland College, Fort William
To book a place, contact Lochaber Leisure Centre Tel: 01397 704359

For information contact Lochaber Archive Centre at 01397 700946/701842

2 week block £9.40 /concession £4.70/FREE to HIGH LIFE MEMBERS

Book rumble : Continued : fundraiser

BOOKS Rumble .. continued
thanks to those who came out on Sunday and donated generously in return for some of the books.. we still have lots more.
Some will be going on to another charity as arranged by the relatives, they are going tomorrow afternoon (Thursday 13th August) so please take another browse through the pictures and if there is anything you want I can put it aside for you. The Archive room will be open from 10 – 4 am tomorrow if you want to come for a nosy .. and again on Sunday afternoon between 2 and 5 pm .

Sunday 9 AUGUST – 2 – 4 pm Kintaline Farm, Benderloch – to fundraise for Ardchattan Parish Archive records etc, (and Rockfield Centre)
(not all these books may be available .. still sorting and seeing if there are any really Special books .. generous donations expected)
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Gaelic Placenames Talk

We will be holding an informal session to explore the gaelic placenames in the parish with the help of John MacFarlane. Please come along and join us for the whole session, or feel free to pop in and see how we are doing! We are hoping to gather as much information on the origins and variations of names in the area, and how they connect with the land, people and land use over time.

There is no charge for this event, which promises to be a fascinating insight into local placenames, using the considerable knowledge of John MacFarlane.

Victory Hall, Benderloch
Saturday 9th March 2013
2:00pm onwards

For more information please contact Rosy.