Welcome to Stornoway Historical Society and to our website

We hope you enjoy browsing through the features and gallery whether you’re a real SY or just interested in the town and island. If you have any memories you could send us, questions you think we could help with, please contact us. You might even be able to correct us if we’ve got something wrong!

In Stornoway parlance “haoidh coves and blones – any yarns down the vile?”

The Name Stornoway

The name Stornoway (Scottish Gaelic-‘Steornabhagh’) derives from ‘Sjornavagr’, the Old Norse for ‘steering bay’. Stornoway has been settled since at least Viking times although there is archaeological evidence of Neolithic activity in the near vicinity of the town.

Stornoway 1964


Sy 1964

See if you can recognise anyone in this 13 minute colour film of Stornoway taken in 1964 by a visitor during Carnival Week Look out for some of of our public lecture films too on our You Tube channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2b-DhNUD2g © Ken Holgate. Used...

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Out of the Shadow of the Vikings

Out of the Shadow of the Vikings

The third of the Society's 2017/18 Winter Series of Lectures will be held on Monday 29th January 2018 at 7 pm in the Council Chambers, Sandwick Rd. Our guest speaker will be Mary McCormack and the title of her talk will be 'Out from the Shadow of the Vikings'. The...

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Stornoway on Record

The video of our November 2017 public lecture with guest speaker, Seonaid Macdonald, Archivist, Museum & Tasglann nan Eilean, is now up on our YouTube channel. Please note that due to technical issues, the first 20 seconds of the film are without audio....

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