Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches launches new website

Sgoil Dalabhroig pupils hold up photographs of TAD contributors from the local area.

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The national cultural resource, Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches (TAD) has launched a new website.

An exclusive first view of the site was given to pupils from Sgoil Dhalabroig (Daliburgh School) in South Uist, a place which provided early collectors with some of their most valuable recordings.

New website features include transcriptions of Gaelic recordings; photographs and detailed biographies of some of the best-known contributors and fieldworkers; blog posts; and Gaelic-medium resources for schools and nurseries developed by TAD.

Alongside the front-end upgrade, there has been a parallel project developed and delivered by the University of Edinburgh, to migrate TAD’s data to the international archiving platform, ArchivesSpace. This move ensures there will be online access to the recordings and associated data for years to come.

Commenting on the new site, Floraidh Forrest, Director of TAD said: ‘We are absolutely delighted that the new-look TAD website has gone live and that the children at Sgoil Dhalabroig were among the first to use it. It is attractive, engaging, and user-friendly and we think it’ll draw new users to these precious recordings. We were able to carry out this work with financial assistance from Bòrd na Gàidhlig for which we are very grateful.’

Donnie Munro, chairman of TAD’s Steering Group said: ‘TAD is an online resource of international cultural significance, and I am personally delighted to see it reach this latest milestone. I’d like to commend the TAD team for their hard work and to thank our partners at the University of Edinburgh for funding and delivering the migration of the TAD data which will mean users can keep enjoying these recordings well into the future.’