Located in a modern purpose built extension to the restored Lews Castle the new Museum nan Eilean opened on 14 July 2016.
Exciting new galleries look at the stories of the Islands and Islanders. Visitors can:
Significant loans from National Museums Scotland and the British Museum, including the world-famous Lewis Chessmen, alongside unique objects from the Comhairle’s collection set the modern culture of the Islands in their historic context.
The ground floor of Lews Castle has been restored to its Gothic Revival grandeur, and as well as the carefully renovated rooms, visitors can enjoy the Storehouse café and Outfitters shop run by Together Travel.
We want you to have a safe and enjoyable visit. During your visit, we ask you to please:
Tasglann nan Eilean is the archive service of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. We are responsible for the historical records of the Comhairle and its predecessors, as well as those of other organisations and individuals connected to the Western Isles which have been gifted or deposited.
Based in a purpose-built facility at Lews Castle, we ensure the archives are preserved for future generations, and can be accessed for research.
We have now reopened the reading room by appointment, offering COVID-safe access. Please visit our Access and Opening Hours webpage for information about how to prepare and what to expect from a visit.
For more information contact us at email@example.com or via our Enquiries and Contacts page, or see our Tasglann Blog (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) for latest news.
We are based in a purpose-built archive facility at Lews Castle, Stornoway which opened in 2016.
The archive is open by appointment.
You are strongly advised to contact us well in advance of a visit so that we can identify relevant material beforehand, and to ensure that a space is reserved for you in the Reading Room.
You will be asked to:
Please note that researchers will be expected to comply with our Reading Room Regulations (35.4kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)when consulting original archive material.