Discover more about Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches in the blogs published here, which cover a wide range of fascinating subjects from the website. We also publish information about our events, projects and resources in this section. Blogs are added on a regular basis so please re-visit this section to view the latest ones and keep up to date with what we’re doing.


Artist in Residence: From the hearth to the heath

We stood watching the sea eagle being buzzed by gulls off the headland of Pabaigh Mòr (Uig, Lewis), from our outcrop vantage point they circled below us, lifting higher, catching unseen thermals until eventually, it moved off to a pinpoint in the distance.

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Time and our moving wells of culture

James Oliver (Seumas Chatriona Dhomhnuill Aonghais Bhig) is from Glendale in Skye. He is currently based in Birrarangga/Melbourne, where he works at RMIT University, but here using Tobar an Dualchais, he recalls some of the memories of his family home.

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Families re-united by the Sound of a Voice

Flòraidh Forrest, project director for Tobar an Dualchais, discusses what she has learnt from archive recordings about her own family and, with it, the social history of South Uist, Eriskay and Barra. This article was first published in the West Highland Free Press.

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New Gaelic Artist Residency

Gaelic artist Mairi Gillies has begun an arts residency with Tobar an Dualchais to explore and create work relating to the oral heritage recordings available on its website. This is the second year that Tobar an Dualchais has partnered with the Skye and Lochalsh-based arts organisation, ATLAS Arts to offer this exciting opportunity.

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Getting closer to home, from a journey away

Kirsty MacDonald, a native Gaelic speaker originally from North Uist, talks about how her exposure to recordings from the School of Scottish Studies Archive, now available on Tobar an Dualchais, has deepened her connection to her own cultural heritage. This article was first published in the West Highland Free Press.

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The Skye cobbler and the minister who left for Prince Edward Island, Canada

Dr Iain S. MacPherson describes the fascinating journey of one song, 'Òran Imrich' (Emigration Song), which was ferried by various helms people and, as a result, is still with us more than 200 years later. This article was first published in the West Highland Free Press.

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