Nis | Ness
Comann Eachdraidh Nis was the first such society, conceived in 1977 when a group of local history enthusiasts from north Lewis met informally to discuss how best to preserve the rich, but as yet largely undocumented, social and cultural heritage of their community. From such humble beginnings CEN has managed to preserve and produce an impressive archive of documents, genealogical records, photographs, video and audio recordings and artefacts; contributed over the years by a willing and generous community that cherishes its own history and heritage. Many aspects of the local traditions, history and culture are available in Gaelic and English on the CEN webpage.
Since 1992 the Comann Eachdraidh has been based at the Ness Heritage Centre, which houses its archives and Registered museum. The society has also been involved in the excavation of Dùn Èistean, the seat of the Clan Morrison which is now the focus of a multi-disciplinary project researching the history and archaeology of Ness .