Commemoration Of Local Women

Friday, 20 July 2018
Reference
2018011627000046
Category
Request Date
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Response Date
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Question

I would like to request how many statues and memorials of women there are in your area. Also, are there any future plans to commemorate women from or with a connection to Na h-Eileanan Siar?

Answer

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar do not hold a list of memorials and statue’s in the Outer Hebrides. 

Please see below for public art and some heritage sites in the Made in the Outer Hebrides Guide which can be downloaded as a PDF file from this link:  http://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/artsandculture/madeintheouterhebrides.asp

If you look through the booklet there are a number of female statues and memorials to women:
2 Herring Girl sculptures in Stornoway commemorate the work of women in the heyday of the Herring Fishery
Our Lady of the Isles statue in South Uist
Our Lady of Fatima statue in Eriskay
Our Lady of the Sea statue in Barra
The Mangersta Bothy (although not originally constructed for this purpose) has in some ways through social media, become a memorial to Linda Norgrove, a Scottish aid worker from Mangersta, Isle of Lewis, who was tragically killed in Afganistan. The Lorna Norgrove Foundation http://www.lindanorgrovefoundation.org was set up in memory of Linda. This grant giving trust funds education, health and childcare for women and children effected by the war in Afghanistan.

Sea Stories: Barra an online cultural map of the sea http://www.mappingthesea.net/barra had contributions by local women and men.

The heritage network of Comainn Eachdraidh and other organisations around the islands have online resources which could be searched for historical stories featuring women. e.g. https://www.hebrideanconnections.com/stories-reports-and-traditions/8674 The Grana Rescue at Mangersta, Uig: Christina Mackay, Uig’s Victorian Heroine