Mark­ing cen­te­nary of Io­laire’s tragic sinking

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

MU­SEUM nan Eilean is pre­par­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion mark­ing the pass­ing of 100 years since the tragic sinking of the Io­laire on Jan­uary 1, 1919.

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 a num­ber of 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 al­ready, staff are very in­ter­ested in hear­ing from any­body who may be in pos­ses­sion of ob­jects or pa­pers re­lat­ing to the tragedy which may be suit­able for in­clu­sion in the planned ex­hi­bi­tion.

A spokesman for the mu­seum said: ‘At the pre­sent time we plan to take ob­jects as loans from their own­ers dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion pe­riod rather than as per­ma­nent ad­di­tions to the mu­seum col­lec­tion.

‘If you are the owner of any­thing re­lat­ing to the Io­laire which you think may be suit­able for dis­play, please let us know by email or post.

‘Please in­clude pho­to­graphs of the ob­ject and a full de­scrip­tion as well as your con­tact de­tails.’

The spokesman added: ‘Please don’t bring any ob­jects or orig­i­nal pa­per­work to the mu­seum as un­for­tu­nately our staff will not be able to ac­cept them for con­sid­er­a­tion.’

In­for­ma­tion and pho­to­graphs re­lat­ing to ob­jects and pa­pers may be sent by email to mu­seum@cne­siar.gov.uk or by post to Mu­seum nan Eilean, Lews Cas­tle Grounds, Stornoway, HS2 0XS.

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