This is the historical centre on the island of Tiree. An Iodhlann, pronounced ‘an-ee-lun’, is Gaelic for the stackyard where the harvest is stored.
Since 1995 we have been collecting material about Tiree. An Iodhlann now has a new exhibition which tells the story of the island and its peopel. There is a fascinating display of objects and artifacts relating to the sea and the role that Tiree played in WWII.
We started collecting information about the island in 1997 and moved into our home in the Scarinish Reading Room (the former name of the building) in 1999. We are interested in everything about Tiree - its environment, its people and their culture - and from every period - from the deep past to what we call ‘future history’, what happened today.
We have collected stories, books, poems, maps, voice recordings, photographs, letters, historical records and artefacts. In fact, we have built up a collection of 15 000 items, which are catalogued and traceable on our computer system.
And we’re not finished yet! We feel we are putting together a huge jigsaw puzzle. We can see the outline and some bits are getting clearer, but we are a long way from completion.
We employ a part time Archive Manager and have a pool of volunteers, committee members and experts who will do what they can to help you understand the island better.
You are welcome to pop in for a few minutes to check the details of a bird you’ve seen or spend a day doing some serious research. We welcome students of all ages and stages. The more research about Tiree the better!
If you have something about Tiree you would like to share, do let us know. Even something as small as an old school meal ticket tells us a lot. And we’re happy to take a copy and return the item if you would prefer.
We have a year-round exhibition which gives a broad outline of our island’s history and we change a section every summer. We have a large library of books about the history and natural history of the island and the region. We have lots of Gaelic material too and will do what we can to encourage people to use the language.
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