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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Lews Castle Restoration

The third of the Society's winter series of public lectures will be held on Monday 26 January 2015 at 7pm in the Council Chambers, Sandwick Road. The guest speaker will be Iain Macleod, Project Co-ordinator, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, who will be presenting an...

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SHS Premises

The Society's premises are now closed to the public with effect from Wednesday 22 November 2017. We will reopen in March 2018.

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