Taobh Siar | West Side
Comann Eachdraidh an Taobh Siar
Ionad Na Seann Sgoil
Isle of Lewis HS2 9BQ
tel 01851 710797
Comman Eachdraidh an Taobh Siar was constituted in 1981 and covers the geographical area from Arnol to Dalbeg on the westside of the Isle of Lewis.
The archives are based in Ionad Na Seann Sgoil (The Old School Centre) in Shawbost. There is a large display of photographs and other illustrative material and ledgers of information on the history of the separate townships of Arnol, Bragar, Shawbost and Dalbeg. Ionad Na Seann Sgoil is a community run centre managed by the Shawbost Old School Trust providing a range of services to the surrounding community, visitors, volunteer groups and businesses.
Recently a two-year project was undertaken to research 100 years of croft history, detailing every croft in the area with some records dating back to the mid 1700’s, and in many cases photographs of current and previous tenants.
The Comann Eachdraidh have a group of able volunteers but we are always looking for additional volunteers who can help in any way. Examples of work currently being carried out are going through back-dated copies of the Stornoway Gazette, researching rent rolls, checking census figures, photography, planning and organizing exhibitions, fund raising. So, it’s not all about meetings!