A Youth Driven Past

The Bridge Community Centre Heritage Project – ‘A Youth Driven Past’

The Bridge Community Centre’s one-year ‘A Youth Driven Past’ project was funded by the Big Lottery’s ‘Young Start’ fund and aimed to work with young people to promote Stornoway’s culture and history using the latest technology.  Up to 40 young people went on heritage based field trips, gathering information, photographs, text and video to develop media that can be used by schools, organisations and individuals for education and information.

Heritage – “things we inherit from our ancestors – traditions, culture, values, language, property, land and objects – and is handed down from generation to generation”.

Stornoway is the ‘capital’ of the Western Isles, with a population of around 9000.  The town has a long history and a strong heritage – it has been settled since at least the Viking times (from about 800 AD), but there is evidence of settlement from as early as 6000 BC.  The name Stornoway (Steornabhagh in Scottish Gaelic) comes from the old Norse ‘Stjórnavágr‘, meaning ‘steering bay’.  Since its Viking origins Stornoway has gone through many incarnations to become today’s bustling small town that attracts tourists from all over the world interested in the unique heritage of the town and beyond.

Stornoway circa 1880

The heritage areas we decided to research are listed below and the links contain information on each of the areas.  Further information, text, video and audio will be added to these sections as we collate all the information gathered during the project, so please check back regularly for updates.

The map below shows some of the key locations in and around Stornoway relating to the Heritage areas – click on the markers for more information.

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