Kildonan Museum

Through "Proiseact Beinn na Coraraidh", commencing in July 2008 and running to September 2009, Kildonan Museum created a series of online exhibitions that captured the impact of World War II on Uist and Benbecula.

With the involvement of young people from the secondary school, youth groups and the library, six reminiscence events were held across Uist, Eriskay and Benbecula. They reflected the experiences of those directly involved in World War II, and the experiences and recollections of those left at home including how they were affected, both emotionally and physically.

In particular, the project explored themes from 'The Importance of Piping' and 'Prisoners of War' to 'Post-war Literature and Poetry' and 'The Sea, Shipwrecks and Beachcombing'.

Commenting on the initiative in 2008, Donald John MacDonald, Treasurer of Kildonan Museum said: "We are delighted to have secured this funding from Remembering Scotland At War for Proiseact Beinn na Coraraidh. This will allow us to collect and share the experiences of those directly involved in World War II conflict and also the experiences of those left at home. We are keen to promote intergenerational working and learning, participation from traditional non-participants, and to create a valuable resource that will be available in the present, but also to future generations."

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