'Didseatach' Digital Project 2021

This project was funded through the Art Fund. This enabled Museum nan Eilean to research, investigate and experiment with different technologies such as creating content for social media, and looking at how virtual and augmented reality technology could enhance collecting. The project created:

The SS Politician Online Exhibition

To commemorate 80 years since the ship, SS Politician struck the rocks off Eriskay, the museum created online exhibitions using new software to us Microsoft Sway one in Gàidhlig (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) and one in English (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).

Online Events

As part of the project, our Project Officer also worked in partnership with other organisations to deliver online events. These included;

The Three Ply Story

Our Project Officer translated and recorded a story into Gaelic called Three-Ply (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) with the Scottish Fisheries Museum.  Listen to the Three-ply story on our YouTube channel (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).  The story can also be found on the Scottish Fisheries Museum website (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).

Colmcille 1500

Museum nan Eilean helped organise an online ceilidh with Foras na Gaelige to celebrate the 1500th Anniversary of the birth of St Columba in Ireland, and the connections between Ireland and Scotland. The ceilidh included musicians, singers and a story teller from Scotland alongside Irish musicians and was delivered in Irish and Scottish Gaelic. Watch the event on Colmcille Facebook page (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).

UHI Lews Castle Talk

A Gaelic online talk was delivered by our Project Officer for the University of the Highlands and Islands (Lews Castle campus) on the subject of An Dotair Ban (The Fair-haired doctor), who was said to have experimented on dead bodies on the island of South Uist in the 1840s. Watch the recording on UHI Lews Castle’s Facebook page (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).

Summer Digital Fun Sessions

Part of our summer events included experimenting with the Adobe Aero App and showcasing its capabilities to children at our fun, digital summer sessions. The Adobe Aero app is an augmented reality app and allows you to digitally place objects into different surroundings. Some of these sessions were held outdoors to link in with the Get into Summer campaign by Museums Galleries Scotland. Children took part in these workshops, briefly learning through a drop-in session how to create a short video in a few minutes. These videos were then uploaded to either Tik Tok or Instagram reels. To see the videos, visit our new TikTok channel (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) that has also been set up as part of this project.

Spooky Digital Halloween and Storytelling

The Adobe Aero app was also used to create a Virtual Hebridean Haunted House as part of a Halloween Party held at the end of October 2021. An illustrator was commissioned to make the assets that could be used in the app and an area was set up in the Special Exhibitions Gallery for the virtual house set up. View on our TikTok channel.

Music in the Museum Events

Our Music in the Museum events gave musicians and dancers a welcome opportunity to perform in front of a live audience after many months of restrictions due to Covid-19. We had an accordionist, a bagpiper and Highland dancers, showcasing local traditional music and dance.

Watch Stephen Drummond playing a set of tunes on the accordion. (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Watch James Duncan MacKenzie playing a set of tunes on the pipes. (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Watch the dancers from the Claire Wilson School of Dance perform a Highland fling. (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Highland Dancers

Stephen Drummond

How to Video Resources

Coming Soon! Online tutorials available for use by the Comainn Eachdraidh / Historical Societies or others who are keen to develop their skills.

Covid Collection

Over the past year we have also been collecting items related to Covid so that this important part of our history can be recorded and become part of our collection.  The Project Officer has carried out a number of recordings with people in both English and Gaelic about their experiences during 2020-2021.  Through the funding we have also been able to purchase photographs from professional photographers of scenes from across the islands and to purchase Covid-related items that have been produced on the islands.  In years to come we hope to looking back at this difficult period through a retrospective exhibition.

Project Kindly funded by Art Fund (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)