Tiugainn Dachaidh

The Outer Hebrides are among rural communities throughout the world that are experiencing population decline. Out of any Scottish local authority region, The Outer Hebrides is where this is most significant. From 1901 to 2001 the population has fallen by 40% . More recent figures show that population is predicted to decline by a further 16% between 2018 and 2046 while the rest of Scotland is set to increase by 2.4%. The Outer Hebrides comprise more than 70 islands but only 15 remain inhabited today.

This work uses footage recorded in abandoned houses, field recordings from the Isle of lewis and Scottish archival audio in order to give an immersive experience of the loss currently being experienced there.

List of Archive Material Used:

Title: CALEDONIA’S WAIL FOR NEIL GOW, HER FAVOURITE MINSTREL/THE 79TH’S FAREWELL TO EDINBURGH CASTLE/LADY MADELINA SINCLAIR/MARQUIS OF TULLIBARDINE, Paul Anderson(contributor); Peter Cooke (fieldworker); ref. SA1985.038 School of Scottish Studies Archives, University of Edinburgh.

Title: Tha an sagart agus na tha an làthair a’ gabhail Ùrnaigh an T…, MacLellan, Fr Calum, 1926- (358) Northbay Congregation, Grp (5463) (contributor); Mary MacDonald (fieldworker); ref. SA1970.158 School of Scottish Studies Archives, University of Edinburgh.

Title: Tha na fiosraichean ag aithris seann ùrnaighean (contributor); Unknown Person, MacLeod, Angus (6898), MacNeil, Morag (6899), MacLeod, Angus (6898), MacNeil, Morag (6899) (fieldworker); Mary MacDonald ref.SA1970.159 School of Scottish Studies Archives, University of Edinburgh.

Title: little girl tells a story about a princess, a kind witch,. (contributor); unknown [child] (fieldworker); Alan Bruford, ref. SA1976.094, School of Scottish Studies Archives, University of Edinburgh.

Title: NACH FREAGAIR THU, CHAIRISTÌONA (contributors); Morrison, Mary, 1890-1973 (2377) (Fieldworkers) Campbell, Dr John Lorne, 1906-1996 (614), ref. album_01_D08A. The Canna Collection

Title: THUG MI GAOL DON FHEAR BHÀN, (contributors); Buchanan, Mrs, 1904-1993 (5285)
(fieldworkers); Campbell, Dr John Lorne, 1906-1996 (614), ref. album_02_D09-B. The Canna Collection.

Title: ÒRAN MÒR MHICLEÒID (contributors);MacLeod, Marietta, 1926-1983 (5966) (fieldworker); Hamish Henderson, ref. SA1952.42.A6, School of Scottish Studies Archives, University of Edinburgh.

Title: ÒRAN MÒR MHICLEÒID, (contributor); Dolina Maclennan (fieldworker); Hamish Henderson, ref. SA1962.14.A3, School of Scottish Studies Archives, University of Edinburgh.

Title: Cradle song (contributor); Smith, Sam, 1924-? (8688), (fieldworker); Jo Millar and Steve Sutcliffe, ref. SA1987.086, School of Scottish Studies Archives, University of Edinburgh.

Title:Biographical information, (contributor); Currie, Calum, 1894-? (4382) (fieldworker); Mary MacDonald, ref. SA1970.60.A1

Title: S E SEO SREATH DE DH’ÙRNAIGHEAN GOIRID., (contributor); Fr Callum Maclellan (fieldworker);Mary MacDonald, ref. SA1970.157

Tiugainn Dachaidh

Stereo Version.

Tiugainn Dachaidh

Binaural Version. Please use headphones for the immersive effect