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The former Carinish School is to be converted into a community museum and history hub.


North Uist’s historical society, Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath - has been awarded £100,586 to purchase the building along with the adjoining school house.


The money from the Scottish Land Fund will help bring forward plans to relocate the comann eachdraidh’s important collections from Benbecula and to become an active community hub for the Gaelic Language, for learning, family history as well as a facility for visitors.


This grant will also allow a part-time project officer to be employed for two years.


Island parliamentarians wrote in support of funding for the project.


MSP Alasdair Allan said: “I believe this project shows tremendous vision and will contribute to a real cultural enrichment in North Uist.


“There is a real opportunity to have locals and visitors alike engage in, preserve and learn from the island’s own tangible and intangible cultural heritage.


“My congratulations to those who have involved in this successful bid, and I look forward to visiting the refurbished school soon.”


Angus Brendan MacNeil MP was “delighted” at the plans.


He said: “Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist A Tuath deserve every credit in securing this funding and I wish them every success as they progress this project.”


Carinish School closed in June 2016 when Sgoil Uibhist opened as a centralised campus for primary pupils in North Uist and Berneray.

Step forward for community museum plans

31 March 2018