Local historical trust, Urras Eachdraidh Uibhist a Deas (UEUD) which owns Kildonan
Museum (Taigh-Tasgaidh Chill Donnain) has completed a £800,000 development project.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is supporting the development with a grant
The museum celebrates South Uist’s past through the story of Gaelic culture, environment
and people and aims to increase the level of involvement of local people and visitors.
The multi-functional building houses the museum, café and shop. As well as a new
extension, the building has undergone internal improvements including a redesign
of the interpretive displays.
Young people will get the opportunity to be involved in multi-lingual audio tours
of the museum and a junior Comann Eachdraidh will be established.
The project enables UEUD to use new interpretation displays and a traditional smithy
and wool shed which will be used for demonstrations.
Other activity programmes include heritage and wildlife tours and afternoon ceilidhs.
Built in 1997, Kildonan Museum is a popular visitor attraction in South Uist. The
museums’ collections include artefacts of cultural significance spanning an extensive
period relating to early human settlements, clan history and the Jacobites. Important
archives relating to crofting, culture and Gaelic are also housed there.
Kildonan Museum chairman Ronnie MacKinnon said: “We are really pleased to be able
to showcase our collection in the newly refurbished and extended Museum. I thank
the UEUD volunteers who have put considerable effort into delivering a very successful
outcome and I also thank the funders for their support.
“The project enables us to safeguard our heritage for future generations and use
it to educate visitors about the cultural heritage of South Uist.”
£800,000 upgrade at Kildonan Museum
4 Sept 2017
More young people will get involved in various activities at a South Uist museum
following a major extension.