A Week of Activities Exploring Colonsay's History

30 August 2011

A Week of Activities Exploring Colonsay's History

In the Year of Scotland's Islands, Kilmartin House Museum is bringing relics of Colonsay's past back to the isle to give residents and visitors a chance to explore Colonsay's history with all five senses. A full programme of activities and events will run from 7th-14th September.

Julia Hamilton and Kate Moody from the Kilmartin Education Team will be visiting Kilchattan Primary School on Colonsay to help pupils discover the island's Viking past including arts and crafts from the Viking era, Viking cookery, spinning and language. They will be taking the children out to archaeological sites around the island and explaining how sites are identified, dug and preserved. 

Mid Argyll artists Jae Ferguson and Catriona Gorrie will also be working with the school and wider community between 8th - 11th September helping residents and visitors understand and appreciate the unique beauty and heritage of Colonsay through art. There will be arts workshops in Colonsay Village Hall on the weekend of the 10th - 11th September. 

Finally Colonsay will get a museum of its own - if only for a week. Dr Sharon Webb of Kilmartin House Museum will be bringing former residents from the island's long distant past, together with some of their belongings, to Colonsay Village Hall between 8th - 13th September. The artefacts will include Viking grave goods, Mesolithic flints and other finds from recent excavations on the island.    

There will also be a talk in the Village Hall on the evening of 13th September on Colonsay's archaeology, its place in Hebridean history and the importance of conserving newly discovered artefacts.

All events are free of charge and open to all.


Scotland’s Islands - the events, exhibitions and activities happening all year round.

We list every event we hear of, large and small, taking place on the islands of Scotland or taking place elsewhere and relating to Scotland's Islands. They provide a unique opportunity to savour the diversity and excitement of island life. Check our our facebook page for general updates too - http://www.facebook.com/ScotlandsIslands.  

There has never been a better time for you to visit Scotland's Islands, to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and unspoilt beaches, to get close to dramatic wild-life, learn about our heritage, participate in a great range of activities, and enjoy our music, food and drink.

All this on some of our 99 inhabited islands large and small (and many more uninhabited) accessible by sea and air in six regions: Argyll & Bute, Highland, North Ayrshire, Orkney, Outer Hebrides and Shetland.



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