Saturday, 3 October 2020

Highland Archives expand access to collections

From Highland Archive Service (

The Highland Archive Service is delighted to continue its gradual reopening programme, part of the High Life Highland BounceBack, by announcing that from next week on additional resources will be made available for users of the Highland Archive Centre, Lochaber Archive Centre and Skye & Lochalsh Archive Centre.

From Tuesday 6th October people booking to visit these centres will be able to request reference books and items on microfilm (including old parish registers and census records) in addition to archival material.  To book a timed slot (bookings essential) please contact the relevant archive centre.

We are also pleased to offer the added opportunity to book a place to view Skye & Lochalsh Archive Centre's latest exhibition which will look at the fascinating Macdonald sisters collection.  The Macdonald sisters, whose parents were natives of Skye, spent much of their lives travelling around the world, living in India, South Africa and other countries from the 1920s onwards.  Both sisters studied at Harrow College of Art and were elected Fellows of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in 1943.  They went on to create a wide range of designs for fabric and furnishings as well as caricatures and cartoons (examples below).  The exhibition, which will launch on 8th October, will include original material and prints from this exciting collection.  To book a slot to visit, or to find out more, please contact Skye & Lochalsh Archive Centre.

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(With thanks to Highland Archives via email)


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