A £8,000 grant has been awarded for a project to commemorate the Iolaire disaster
in the run up to its centenary in 2019.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded the money to the Stornoway Amenity Trust
which plans to produce a film, artwork for the memorial, and a ceremony for the opening
of a permanent memorial in Carn Gardens in Stornoway town centre.
The project will work in close partnership with the Nicolson Institute, Stornoway
Historical Society, and other local history organisations.
The groups involved said it is of “tremendous importance” to commemorate such a poignant
event in the history of Lewis and Harris where the lives of many local men were lost
and communities grievously affected.
Tony Robson of the Stornoway Amenity Trust said the organisation is “delighted to
be working closely with pupils from The Nicolson Institute and to offer the opportunity
for pupils to learn more about the Iolaire disaster and contribute significantly
to the commemoration of an event that is rooted in their local history and, in some
cases, their ancestry."
The year-long project ends in February 2018. The outputs of the project will be shared
as widely as possible in the Western Isles and on-line.
Lucy Casot, of HLF Scotland, said "The impact of the First World War was far reaching,
touching every corner of the UK.
“With our small grants programme, we are enabling even more communities like those
involved in The Iolaire Memorial Project/ Proiseact Carragh-Cuimhne na h-Iolaire
to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in
particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world."