Other local history societies -update autumn 2016

We have a variety of local history societies who run winter talks, and a new family history group in Oban.

The Rockfield Centre has a heritage hunters group, building on the Oral History project who have created several Oban heritage walks, which will be happening again as part of the Oban Winter Festival on the 26 November

Oban & Lorn family history society has just been formed to bring together folk interested in their genealogy where we can meet and learn from each other and other speakers. Absolutely not confined to Oban families, but we might use local examples when exploring new skills to provide more material for Rockfield a the future local history centre.

The timetable and list of talks is Here

Lorn Archaeological and Historical Society meet monthly in Oban with a wide variety of speakers

Appin Historical society meet on a Saturday afternoon.  Members have a wide knowledge of the local area but do not have a genealogical answering service.

Lismore heritage centre holds a great repository of community, family and local history. Open to the public through the main season.

Dalmally history group work tirelessly through the year creating displays for Dalmally show and other local events as well as publishing books on the local area, while developing the catalogue for there amassed collection of local material. The also run winter talks.

Dunollie museum is open through the main season, but also have volunteeer groups working on archiving, the collection,  the exhibitions, events and worki g the loom.

Mull museum


Oban war and peace museum are open through the main season and have special exhibitions during the Winter Festival


Autumn 2016 Newsletter

Ardchattan Parish Archive

Family, Social and Local history of the area between Loch Etive and Creran, Lochawe & up to Glencoe : learning about the People and Places of Barcaldine, Benderloch, North Connel and Bonawe : genealogy, history, geology, archaeology, ecology, events, stories and images : Big Bang to Present Day !

Things have been a bit quiet around the Archive for the last few years, people visiting, things collected, and some fun on Facebook. The online archive has begun to take a bit of shape. But its time we began doing a little more, maybe?
So the Archive will start being open between 2-4 pm Friday afternoons from the beginning of October, to come and browse the records & books; learn more about your family history; share memories and stories; scan images; help with the cataloguing & transcribing and maybe plan some more activities. There is sooo much to learn, and some fun folk to learn from.

This link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XHDV389 is to very short questionnaire with a list of possible talks and workshops – to find out what folk are most interested in, what times suit you most, and whether there are ideas for possible speakers and workshop leaders. Even if you are unlikely to be able to attend this winter, please fill it in; every response helps us.

We will be using social media as well to help us all stay in touch. Please join the new facebook group here : https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArdchattanParishArchive to share stories, pictures, local family histories – you NEVER know WHO you will meet up with !! It is always fun when cousins make new connections.
Please Feel Free to share this invitation along to anyone else, near or far. I have included people from beyond our parish and our shores, as you may be planning a visit and can get involved online along with the rest of us.

National Library of Scotland autumn events

New events programme for October – December 2016 out now! http://www.nls.uk/events

Your new-look What’s On features our new Glasgow venue at Kelvin Hall as well as our ever-expanding selection of entertaining and inspiring events in Edinburgh.

Treasures — Jessie Kesson – ‘Ae ootlin’
This treasures display highlights facets of Scottish writer, Jessie Kesson’s fascinating life and work and why her works always have ae ‘ootlin’…someone that never really fitted into the thing.’
(Open from Thursday 22 September until Friday 25 November)

Exhibition — You are Here. A journey through maps. From Edinburgh to the edges of the Earth, we explore the fascinating craft of mapmaking.
(Open until Monday 3 April 2017)

Edinburgh Event — The Question of Scotland:
Devolution and After. Former MP, Tam Dalyell discusses why the UK is on the brink of the most serious constitutional crisis in its history.
(Thursday 20 October, 6 pm)

Glasgow Event — UNESCO World Day for
Audiovisual Heritage. A discussion of the importance of film preservation and, in particular, the film ‘St Kilda – Britain’s Loneliest isle’ (1923/8).
(Thursday 27 October, 1 pm)

Glasgow Doors Open Days at Kelvin Hall
Our new public space at Kelvin Hall opens at 1:30 pm on Wednesday 14 September. You can also visit on Friday and Saturday as part of Glasgow’s Doors Open Days and explore our new home within a transformed Kelvin Hall (including family arts and craft workshops on Saturday only).
(Friday 16 September 10 am – 4:30 pm & Saturday 17 September 10 am – 2 pm)

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 – http://www.archaeologyscotland.org.uk/news/community-heritage-conference

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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