Newsletter June 2015

Update from Seallam! Visitor Centre


We have three exhibitions on show this year within the centre: The People and the Landscape of the Western Isles, Emigrants from Harris, and St Kilda. There is plenty to keep everyone entertained within the exhibition room with displays for children on the bottom half of the main boards, a microscope to look at the different types of rocks and sands, a DVD about St Kilda plays in the background, there is a bird CD Rom to look at different types of birds and to listen to their calls, source materials on a range of topics such as Natural History, old estate papers, and Maps on paper, microfilm, and CD Rom.

New Items

We have a range of new Harris Tweed items made by Jacqueline Akister who is based on the Isle of Lewis. These include key rings, brooches, and cushions. We also have a new range of mounted prints from the artist Vega. We also have Harris Tweed items from Catherine Campbell who has shops in Tarbert and Drinishader. Felted items by Karen Allen such as wraps, soaps, key rings, and brooches are still available. In terms of artworks we have prints and cards from the artist Lewis based artist Vega. We have prints and cards with photography done by Dudley Williams who travels up to Harris to take photographs. John Maher’s spectacular A3 prints are also on display within our retail area.

New Bill Lawson Books

The latest book by Bill was launched on Thursday 21st of May in Seallam!. It is Volume 6 of the Isle of Harris Croft History series and covers the areas of Scarista, Northton, and Pabbay. The launch was a nice occasion for old friends and residents of the area to come and hear a bit about the book from Bill, to purchase a copy of it, and s chance to catch up with each other over a cup of coffee.

Bill’s next book is available now. It is Volume 24 of the Isle of Lewis Croft History series and covers the area of West Uig.

Scot Grad Placement

We have Stephen Mackinnon working with us at Seallam! again this summer. He will spend 12 weeks working under a Scot Grad placement in the role of Digital Marketing Executive. This will involve carrying out a review of current communication channels, developing an effective social media strategy, and producing and sharing useful engaging content through social media. 

Heb Celt Concert

As ever Seallam! will host a concert as part of the Hebridean Celtic Festival. These events are always very popular and if you want to attend we strongly advise booking in advance – you can book by calling us on 01859520258. Performing this year will Vincent Cross and Norrie Maciver. Vincent Cross is a songwriter, musician, and composer who was born in Dubin, raised in Australia, and now resides in New York City. Norrie Maciver was born in Carloway, Lewis and is the frontman for the band Manran and before that was lead singer with award winning band Bodega. The 2011 Gaelic singer of the year has appeared as a guest singer with famous names such as Julie Fowlis and Daimh. He also launched his first solo album at last year’s HebCelt festival. Prices are £14 for adults, £12 concessions, and £5 for under 14 year olds.

 Visits to Seallam!

Monday 4th of May was busy at Seallam! with two sets of groups visiting. The morning brought a group of children from the Bayhead Bridge Centre in Stornoway whilst the afternoon brought the Lewis Classic Car Club for tea and coffee as well as a look around the exhibitions.

We also received three visits throughout the day on Monday 18th May from the large cruise ship docked off Tarbert – the Saga Pearl II. The visitors were able to look around our exhibitions and enjoy tea, coffee, and biscuits as refreshments.

During June we have also had visit from the Aigas Field Centre as well as several visits from Rabbies bus tours. 

Place Names Project

We have secured funding from Bord Na Gaidhlig to record and preserve the Gaelic place names of West Harris.