Eigg is the emerald amid the jewels that comprise the Inner Hebrideans. One of the Small Isles, it lies 10 miles off the north-west coast of Scotland, south of Skye. It has a population of around 100. Residents include basket producers, laceware makers, musicians, builders, farmers, bike/canoe renters, brewers, photographers, artists, museum staff, a taxi driver and a TV producer. The economy is driven by tourism, social services, public enterprises, agriculture, the creative industries and construction co-operatives.
In 1997 the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust – a partnership between the residents of Eigg, Highland Council and the Scottish Wildlife Trust - purchased the island for £1.5 million from its absentee owner, Marling Eckhard-Maruma. The lottery-financed Heritage Memorial Fund had refused to help finance a community buy-out, yet managed to find £13million to retrieve the Churchill family papers ...more
'Picture a peace-loving Atlantic island ruled by reason. Its 54 cities are governed by educated officials and an elected-for-life prince. Although war hasn’t been abolished, it is used only as a last resort. People see no glory in fighting, and capture enemies rather than kill them. This is the original Utopia – the pagan, communist and pacifist world sketched out 500 years ago in Thomas More’s eponymous work of fiction.' Andrew Robinson, writing in New Scientist.
The ancient Indus civilisation covered the landmass of what is now parts of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. It thrived without conflict, flourishing for 700 years without warfare, weapons, armies, fortifications, colonialism, inequality or royalty ...more
Touring display - 400 years of food and drink.
‘Lifting the Lid’, a new touring display from the National Library of Scotland, opened on June 5th at the Sir Duncan Rice Library in Old Aberdeen >
. This free display runs until August 20th and tells the story of food and drink in Scotland.
Discover how the introduction of new ingredients and methods of cooking have changed and developed our tastes over the years.
Scotland has a diverse natural larder with plentiful supplies of fish, game, cereals and fruit. This display celebrates Scotland’s changing relationship with food and drink and explores the myths and traditions associated with its people's diet.
Accompanying 'Lifting the Lid' is 'Cooking the Books', a University of Aberdeen exhibition showcasing a selection of cookery books and food-related pamphlets from the Special Collections ...more