Summer Opening

The Society’s premises will be open to visitors over the summer months from 28th June to 30th August. We will be open on Tuesdays 10am-12 noon and Wednesday’s and Friday’s 2pm to 4pm. We are now located on the ground floor of the Town Hall in the...
HMY Iolaire Photograph Appeal

HMY Iolaire Photograph Appeal

  HMY IOLAIRE PHOTOGRAPH APPEAL A new book about the Iolaire disaster is to be published by Acair in Autumn 2018 at the start of a series of events commemorating  the centenary of the loss of the Admiralty yacht with over 200 sailors near Stornoway harbour on New...

The Early Medical Men of Lewis 1700-1918

The Early Medical Men of Lewis 1700-1918 Few if any surviving historical records recall the names of the individuals who once administered to the medical needs of Lewis folk prior to the beginning of the 18th century. It is only from about 1700 onward that names and...

Work of the herring girls

Work of the herring girls Girls at their first year at the gutting were called cùibhlearan or coilers. They were paid less than the older girls due to their slowness and inexperience. They had to learn quickly. By the following season they would be fully proficient in...

A Historical Overview

A Historical Overview The Norse domination of the Hebrides lasted from about 800 to 1266 AD. The old castle of Stornoway, whose ruins were finally demolished in 1882, was originally built around 1300 by the Nicolsons who were themselves of Norse origin. From about the...

New Premises

The Society has now completed its move downstairs to the former Harris Tweed Authority’s premises within the Town Hall. Our new address is 2 Cromwell St, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2DB. We are also in the process of redesigning our website and this work will...

New Premises

During September, the Society will be moving from its current premises on the first floor (South Beach) of the Town Hall downstairs to the first floor to the offices of the Harris Tweed Authority (Cromwell St). Members of the public can still contact us here on our...