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.


Plural Futures Archive Residency

Throughout September 2020, performance artist Catherine Weir took part in the newly launched Plural Futures Archive Residency with Tobar an Dualchais and ATLAS Arts, making a series of creative responses to the online collection.

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Collaborative Project Reaps Rewards for Gaelic

A collaborative project between Faclair na Gàidhlig and Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches (TAD) has resulted in a significant amount of oral material being added to Faclair na Gàidhlig’s corpus. A pilot study undertaken by the two bodies produced a list of over 1,200 Gaelic words and phrases of interest which were sourced from audio recordings on the TAD website.

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The best fish, or not a fish at all? A history of sour skate

Sourdough or sauerkraut? Kimchi, kefir or kombucha? For many of us, 2020’s lockdown has been marked by friends and family sharing social media pictures of strange fermented concoctions they’ve been experimenting with – or maybe we’ve been trying our hand ourselves at creating some of these foods prized both for their taste and their beneficial effects.

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Digging Where We Stand: Memories from the Shieling for a Post-Covid/New World

Our hyper-globalised, high-octane way of life was stopped in its tracks in a matter of weeks, and many of us found ourselves confined to our local communities, with a great deal of spare time on our hands.

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Quern Songs

A very quick re-cap. A quern is a rotary hand-mill made from a circular split stone. Grain is fed through a hole in the upper stone as it is rotated, using a stick inserted into a socket near the edge of the upper stone. The grain gets ground into meal which gathers on a skin or sheet on which the quern is placed. Grinding the quern was often accompanied by song.

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In Search of Dugald Buchanan

It must be a particularly hard time just now for people of faith. Churches, mosques, synagogues and temples are closed. The places where one would most clearly feel the presence of spiritual community are cut off – never mind that a pandemic might tempt one to question faith in any deity.

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