Friends’ membership subscriptions provide a valuable regular income which contributes towards collection care and improvements to the Argyll Papers’ research facilities. The Friends also support fund-raising initiatives for the archive to help with conservation, cataloguing and engagement.

Current funding sought
Tìr Ìseal nan Òran (Tiree: low land of song)

This project has been delayed for 12 months due to the impact of coronacrisis. Most of the funding already achieved (Historic Environment Scotland, Bord na Gaidhlig, Clan Campbell Education Foundation, Tiree Windfall Fund and the Friends of the Argyll Papers) will be held over to 2021, but there will potentially be a funding gap to fill. If you are able to donate to this, please contact:

This will be a partnership project between the Friends of the Argyll Papers at Inveraray Castle and the Tiree and Coll Gaelic Partnership, supporting the Scottish Government’s National Islands Plan and the Gaelic Language Plan. The project will culminate in a public theatre performance involving local school children, adults and the work of local artists, telling seven stories from Tiree’s past.

Each story will be associated with a specific place on Tiree, with an historical record (written document, drawing, photograph) or with features in the landscape such as stones or structures. The stories will come from a range of historial periods, may include myths as well as ‘true’ stories, and will be told in both Gaelic and English.

Local artists and groups will be invited to create an artistic response to the stories, with each creative response standing on its own as a piece of work, and also becoming part of the final public performance.

Alongside the creative response to the stories, we will promote the historic environment of Tiree and the archival record which informs the island’s history. We will deliver handling sessions and workshops which will be freely available for the community, with specific sessions for young people and ‘memory sesssions’. Teachers will receive INSET training in delivering drama sessions. We will create and display exhibition panels featuring the stories, the places and the historical evidence, a trail leaflet, and an illustrated booklet featuring the writing created during the project.

Completed projects

Written in the Landscape
The Heritage Lottery, NMCT, Tiree Windfall Trust, An Iodhlann, Clan Campbell Education Foundation funded Written in the Landscape project to catalogue, conserve and promote all of the publicly available family and estate archives in Argyll has recently been completed. Working with Argyll and Bute Council, now liveArgyll, Archives Service, the project delivered professional support and networking opportunities for local heritage centres in Argyll. The evaluation of this project can be accessed here.

Friends of the Argyll Papers is a Scottish Charity SC045835