Lews Castle

Project Timeline

An Iolaire – The Iolaire

The Museum & Tasglann nan Eilean exhibition commemorating the centenary of the loss of HMY Iolaire is now open to the public. The exhibition, on show until 4 May 2019, examines the circumstances of the disaster, its immediate impact and the long-term effects on the people of the Outer Hebrides.

Scotland’s Early Silver

The partnership between Museum nan Eilean and National Museums Scotland continues with the opening of Scotland’s Early Silver, a National Museums Scotland touring exhibition featuring spectacular silver objects dating from AD75 to AD1000. We are proud to be the first venue on the tour, with the exhibition open until 23 June.

Colin Mackenzie: Collector Extraordinaire

The first exhibition of Colin Mackenzie’s amazing collection amassed during his time as Surveyor General of India opens. Mackenzie, born in Stornoway, developed a huge interest in the archaeology and religious heritage of the subcontinent, amassing a vast number of sculptures and drawings which he always intended to show in his hometown.

Fossil Hunters Opens

Fossil Hunters, a touring exhibition from the natural history collection at National Museums Scotland, opened with a special talk by curator Nick Fraser.

Formal Opening

Lews Castle, Museum nan Eilean and Tasglann nan Eilean are formally opened by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon. The opening includes theatrical and musical performances by pupils from the Nicolson Institute, Uig School and Point School.

Nordic House

Nordic House arrives in the Special Exhibition Gallery. The show, examining the art and culture of Nordic countries and drawing upon the similarities and differences to life in present-day Scotland, is curated by Lesley Riddoch and has toured Scottish venues since opening during the Edinburgh Festival in 2015.

Public Opening

Museum & Tasglann nan Eilean and the beautiful ground floor of Lews Castle, alongside Natural Retreats’ Storehouse and Outfitters, opened to the public at 10am on 14 July. The 7 Scots pipe and drum band performed outside before Leader of the Council Angus Robertson rang the Castle’s historic bell to welcome in the first visitors.

The Grammar of Wavelength

The Grammar of Wavelength, the first temporary exhibition at Museum nan Eilean Lews Castle opens in advance of the main galleries. A collaboration between poet Iain Stephen and artist Christine Morrison, the exhibition compares their land and sea travel around the Outer Hebrides with other journeys on further-flung continents.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland

The new galleries at Lews Castle may not be quite ready but The Great Tapestry of Scotland Exhibition is attracting a lot of visitors at our museum gallery in Sgoil Lionacleit in Benbecula.

Archive Team

Meet Seonaid McDonald Archivist and Dawn Macdonald Archives Assistant – the new Archives Team are in place!

All images ©Isobel Martin unless otherwise stated