Gaelic miss­ing from show­case ex­hi­bi­tion

The Oban Times - - News -

BÒRD na Gàidhlig, the lead­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion re­spon­si­ble for the pro­mo­tion of Gaelic in Scot­land, has raised con­cerns about a Bon­nie Prince Charlie and the Ja­co­bites ex­hi­bi­tion which opens at the Na­tional Mu­seum of Scot­land this week­end.

The ex­hi­bi­tion doesn’t in­clude Gaelic in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a time in Scot­land’s his­tory where Gaelic was used widely.

Shona MacLen­nan, Bòrd na Gàidhlig chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: ‘Bòrd na Gàidhlig works with Na­tional Mu­se­ums Scot­land and many other pub­lic au­thor­i­ties to en­sure that Gaelic lan­guage and cul­ture is ac­tively pro­moted in their re­spec­tive or­gan­i­sa­tions and throughout Scot­land.

‘The de­vel­op­ment of Gaelic lan­guage plans is one of the key mea­sures out­lined in the Gaelic Lan­guage Act as a means to achieve equal re­spect for Gaelic in Scot­land.

‘In their cur­rent Gaelic Lan­guage Plan, Na­tional Mu­se­ums Scot­land make a com­mit­ment to in­clude side-by-side English and Gaelic in­ter­pre­ta­tion for ex­hi­bi­tions that have a Gaelic-re­lated theme or con­nec­tion and the forth­com­ing Bon­nie Prince Charlie and the Ja­co­bites ex­hi­bi­tion at the Na­tional Mu­seum of Scot­land seems like an ideal op­por­tu­nity for Na­tional Mu­se­ums Scot­land to build on their good prac­tice es­tab­lished in such ex­hi­bi­tions as Fonn ’s Dùthchas and Lewis Chess­men Un­masked.

‘We are aware con­cerns have been ex­pressed by mem­bers of the Gaelic com­mu­nity at what is seen as a lack of Gaelic con­tent in the ex­hi­bi­tion.’

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