Naidheachdan News

Autumn Talk

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Thanks to all who braved the stormy night to hear what was a fascinating talk from Catriona Murray on ghosts, apparitions and the second sight.

Her talk is now available to view on Youtube: youtube.com/watch?v=xfm7ogBtyRc

Read the survey results

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The survey for the proposed heritage centre is now closed. Thanks to all who contributed. View the results! Read more…

Read the survey results

The survey for the proposed heritage centre is now closed. Thanks to all who contributed. View the results!

Call for old video film

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Do you have any old 8mm video "cine" film of Back? Thanks to a kind volunteer we are now able to digitise your film (and make it available on our Youtube channel if we can). Read more…

Call for old video film

Do you have any old 8mm video "cine" film of Back? Thanks to a kind volunteer we are now able to digitise your film (and make it available on our Youtube channel if we can).

For full details on how to get your film to us, contact the comann via the usual channels at the bottom of the page.

Meeting agendas

read latest agenda Read the most recent PDF agenda from our monthly meetings (or dip in to the archive).

Goireasan Resources

As we digitise resources — text, images, video and audio — we aim to make as much as possible of them available here.

  • Old History and Crofting of Gress (PDF) — a booklet published by the old Comunn Eachdraidh Sgìre a’ Bhac with a lot of interesting information.
  • Tobar an Dualchais — some of the recordings from this audio archive that are from, or about the Back area.
  • Small pamphlet produced to mark the opening of the commemorative cairn at Upper Coll.
  • One of the periodic newsletters produced by the old Comunn, undated but probably from the late 1980s.
  • Another Comunn newsletter, this time from March 1986.
  • A third Comunn newsletter, this one dated June 1988.
  • PDF form to record aspects of the social history of the area - consider filling it in!
  • PDF membership forms (becoming a member is free and helps support the work of the society): (You may find it easier to sign up as a member using our online form.)
  • Feasibility study looking at the options to create a permanent home for the comann.

Gailearaidh Dheilbh Photo gallery

Some pictures from Comann events are in the gallery below.

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The audience at the inaugural lecture (18/01/19)

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The audience at the inaugural lecture (18/01/19)

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At the inaugural lecture (18/01/19)

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At the inaugural lecture (18/01/19)

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At the inaugural lecture (18/01/19)

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At the inaugural lecture (18/01/19)

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Bill Lawson at the launch of his latest book, Vatisker Croft History (11/12/18)

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At the Vatisker Croft History book launch (11/12/18)

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At the Vatisker Croft History book launch (11/12/18)

Mu ar deidhinn About us

Comann Eachdraidh Sgìre a’ Bhac (Back Historical Society) SCIO is a voluntary, non-profit organisation set up to preserve and share all aspects of the history, culture and traditions of the Back area, in the Isle of Lewis.

The Comann meets monthly to discuss projects and also organises local lectures and events in Gaelic and English.

We are a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), and our charity number is SC049033. Our constitution may be read here (PDF).

Consider becoming a member -- it is free, and helps support our work.

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Current office-bearers (2022)

the Comann trustees
  • Chair: Anna Tucker*
  • Vice chair: Donald I Macdonald*
  • Treasurer: Catherine Margaret Macinnes*
  • Secretary: Anne Macarthur*

Current committee members (2022)

  • Kathryn Graham*
  • Mary Ann Graham*
  • James MacArthur*
  • Melanie Mackay*
  • Cathy Macinnes*
  • Kenneth A Maciver*
  • Murdo Macleod*
  • Kevin Murray
  • Iain Murray
  • Ian Quigley
  • Anne Ramsay*
  • Coinneach Smith*
  • Anne-Louise Stewart*
  • Kenny Stewart
  • Margaret Stewart*
  • Colin Tucker*

* charity trustee