Appeal for artefacts to mark centenary of seafaring tragedy

Museum Nan Eilean staff at Lews Castle are looking for objects relating to the Iolaire disats

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Museum nan Eilean is preparing an exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of Iolaire, an Admiralty yacht.

The Iolaire sank in the Minch, a mile from Stornoway on January 1, 1919, while carrying First World War soldiers back home to Lewis. At least 205 out of the 280 people on board perished in the disaster.

The exhibition will run from late 2018 until early 2019 in the new museum at Lews Castle and is part of a larger series of events by several organisations, recognising the centenary of the disaster and its impact on the people of the Outer Hebrides.

While there are several artefacts relating to the Iolaire in the museum’s collection, staff would like to hear from anyone who has objects or paperwork relating to the tragedy which may be suitable for the exhibition.

Those who have suitable items and who are willing to temporarily loan their object or paperwork to the museum should contact the museum by emailing or by post to Museum nan Eilean, Lews Castle Grounds, Stornoway, HS2 0XS, with a full description and photographs of the item, as well as their contact details.

The exhibition committee will consider all objects nominated by January 31, 2018 and will keep in contact with their owners to keep them up-to-date with the progress.