Since 1999, Grimsay Community Association has been working to document the history, traditions and memories on Grimsay. The Grimsay Archive collections are housed in purpose-built facilities within a comfortable and lively community centre.
The archive and our changing exhibitions can be visited at Ceann na h-Àirigh, Scotvein, Grimsay, Isle of North Uist HS6 5JA. The centre is open 11am – 1.30pm, Tue, Thu, Fri and 11am – 4pm, Wed. We may also open at other times to researchers and scholars, please contact us to arrange your visit.
The Grimsay Archive collections relate to the island of Grimsay, North Uist in the Western Isles of Scotland and Heisgeir (the Monach Isles).
The archive includes collections pertaining to:
1. The Grimsay boats, a nationally recognised style of boat built on Grimsay by the Stewart family of boatbuilders for 150 years.
2. The Grimsay fisheries, including lobster fishing.
3. The Monach Isles, the traditional fishing grounds of the Grimsay fishermen and connected with many local families.
4. Local history, including Grimsay families, the school, local developments such as the new harbour at Kallin and the Grimsay Boatshed.
Our website will be ‘live’ in spring 2018.