Starting Points

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So far the project has been overwhelmed with all your offers of reminiscences and artefacts and we are so grateful to you for these. It will take us some time to visit you all and gather such precious, personal and unique information. An important principle of this process is that nothing will be publicly shown without your permission. We will however be attempting to find photographs of as many of the Uist Fallen as we can, which may mean that we begin to post some unidentified forces photographs, in the hope that someone may identify them.

A piece of good fortune

Laura Donkers has been working on a two week placement with us this month, as part of her Master of Fine Art degree at  Dundee. This placement has been of immense help to the project, since she had already been commissioned by CEUT to  produce the digital  loop to accompany the exhibition and has now been able to be in on the early stages. We were able to begin the process of identifying those who are happy to offer key information and objects for the project and have been amazed at the wealth of knowledge and generosity of the community. These first meetings have been powerful occasions often resulting in moving, tearful reminiscence, bringing home to us the long-lasting effects of  An Cogadh Mòr within families and localities. We are hoping that her sensitive work with us will be able to become incorporated within her degree study with the added value of her tutors’ guidance..

Reminiscence Ceilidhs

These begin this week, with the Launch Cèilidh at 12.00  – 2.00 at Taigh Chearsabhagh.. Some of those we have already visited will be sharing their stories and some artefacts to inspire us; there will be an introduction to this blog and the Guthan nan Eilean website from Gordon Wells, a DVD of CEUT photos from WW1 has been prepared by John Macdonald and an overview of the project and how community members can help  with dates will be provided as a handout.  A soup and sandwich lunch will be provided.

Visit from Lionacleit Students who visited the battlefields (last June) on Friday March 14th at 3.00 p.m. A most important date for your diaries. The students with their teachers will be giving us a presentation about their visit, followed by a musical cèilidh with Catriona Garbutt, Sarah, who played the pipes at the Menin Gate evening ceremony, Norman Johnson and Duncan Mackinnon, to name but a few. CEUT gave a donation towards their visit and we are looking forward to this special and poignant occasion. Tea and cakes provided.

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