The exhibition features as many schools as possible throughout Skye and Lochalsh, including many which have now closed. School photographs, records, log books and a wide selection of educational documentation are on display.
Not all of these schools are represented in the education records held by the Archive Centre, which is now appealing to the public for material in private hands. Of particular interest are the log books and admission registers compiled by teachers, which are a popular resource for local and family history. Besides being a weekly chronicle of school activities, log books often provide an insight into community life. Admission registers give the names of pupils as they were enrolled along with other information such dates of birth and parents’ names and addresses. While some of these volumes may have been lost over time, gaps in the series can prove frustrating for staff and researchers; the Archives would therefore like to hear from anyone who can help locate missing records. Photographs of school buildings, teachers and classes and any other memorabilia would also be welcomed.
We look forward to welcoming the community and visitors back into to explore the exhibition and archive, providing some bursts of a very colourful insight into one of our most varied collections. We are delighted to offer a space for everyone to visit, relax and enjoy.
Visitors to the Archives will now be asked to book by email by phone before visiting – as always, entry to the Archive will be free with donations welcome. We also have new social distancing and safety measures in place.