Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath won the HIE sponsored ‘Gaelic as an Economic Asset’ Award which was presented at the annual Scottish Gaelic Awards at St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow on Wednesday 18 November.
The prestigious ceremony honours the best in learning, achievement and development across all sectors of society and celebrates the great work being done by and for Gaelic in every corner of Scotland, and internationally.
Donald Macdonald, HIE Board member presented Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath with the award. He said: “HIE and our partners are delighted to celebrate and promote projects which recognise people and organisations who find innovative ways of using Gaelic as an economic asset. We congratulate all those shortlisted and in particular Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath on its achievement.”
The event was hosted by Cathie Macdonald, Gaelic broadcaster and sponsored by the Daily Record, HIE, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Education Scotland and Creative Scotland.
Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum on North Uist created the St Kilda Story exhibition to promote the remote archipelago of Hiort (St Kilda).
The exhibition consists of 15 panels, with Gaelic as the prominent language. The number of visitors to Taigh Chearsabhaigh increased from 24,193 in 2013 to 28,974 in 2014.
The exhibition has since been on tour to the Sgoil Lionacleit Museum on Benbecula and the Blasket Island Centre in County Kerry in Ireland.
Taigh Chearsabhagh also teamed up with the University of St Andrews to create Virtual St Kilda, which contains two and a half hours of information about the islands and is designed to appeal to a younger generation, as well as being made available via the internet to give wider access to the resources.