CEUT Volunteers win British Museum Prize for Scotland

Dr Ian Oliver (St Andrews University), Sir Peter Lambert (Chairman of the British Museum), Marri Morrison (CEUT), Peter Cooper (CEUT), Sir Brian Marsh (Chairman of the Marsh Trust).

Over the past four years, Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath, (CEUT), North Uist Historical Society, has developed a team of 50 enthusiastic volunteers, (drawn from a population of 1600), who perform welcoming and information duties in the Museum at Taigh Chearsabhagh over the summer months, combining these with considerable outreach work in local schools. The number of days they worked through 2016 added up to a staggering 295. In 2016 there were thirty volunteers (a number which has risen to fifty in 2017).

This year the Society was one of the fortunate winners of a Marsh Trust district of Scotland prize of a cheque for £500 and a certificate. Two volunteers went to the British Museum with Dr Ian Oliver from St Andrews University to collect the prize and they had a most memorable day.

Marri Morrison, a Member of the Comann Eachdraidh, said: "It was interesting to meet so many other volunteers from across the country and learn about the immense contribution they make to heritage projects."

The Smart History group from St Andrews University, between May and September 2016, provided a range of stimulating and interesting training workshops for volunteers as part of their involvement in HLF and HIE funded projects with CEUT at Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre. The volunteers, many of whom had never used 360 degree photography or Xbox controls, took to the new technology with extraordinary skill and enterprise and were then able to demonstrate and train visitors to explore the digital archaeological installation with considerable expertise. This memorable Installation for 2016’s North Uist Archaeology exhibition, ‘From Stone to Bone and Wool’ was projected onto a wall in Gallery 2 for five weeks throughout May and early June. It attracted almost 3000 visitors, and since then has been shown on a smaller screen in the Museum itself.