Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath (North Uist Historical Society) has won an award
for its band of hard working volunteers.
The comann eachdraidh (CEUT) was recognised for the hugely valuable contribution
that its volunteers make in helping the museum group engage with visitors.
They receive £500 and a certificate from the British Museum and Marsh Christian Trust
partnership for the the ‘Volunteers for Museum Learning’ award.
The comann eachdraidh has developed a team of 50 enthusiastic volunteers, drawn from
a population of 1600, who perform welcoming and information duties in the Museum
at Taigh Chearsabhagh over the summer months.
In addition they undertake considerable outreach work in local schools.
The Smart History group from St Andrews University, between May and September 2016,
provided a range of stimulating and interesting training workshops for volunteers
as part of their involvement in HLF and HIE funded projects with CEUT at Taigh Chearsabhagh
Museum and Arts Centre.
The volunteers, many of whom had never used 360 degree photography or Xbox controls,
took to the new technology with extraordinary skill and enterprise and were then
able to demonstrate and train visitors to explore the digital archaeological installation
with considerable expertise.
This memorable Installation for 2016’s North Uist Archaeology exhibition, ‘From Stone
to Bone and Wool’ was projected onto a wall in Gallery 2 for five weeks throughout
May and early June.
It attracted almost 3000 visitors, and since then has been shown on a smaller screen
in the Museum itself.
Historical society volunteers win prize
20 December 2017
Dr Ian Oliver (St Andrews University), Sir Peter Lambert (Chairman of the British
Museum), Marri Morrison (CEUT), Peter Cooper (CEUT), Sir Brian Marsh (Chairman of
the Marsh Trust).