National Library puts more Gaelic material online
Valuable information about the history of An Comunn Gàidhealach is being made available online by the National Library of Scotland and showcased at this year's Mòd in Stornoway.
The Library is digitising An Comunn's publications including all the Mòd programmes it has in its collection. It will allow people to search for names of competitors in years gone by while also discovering more about the development of the Mòd and other An Comunn activities. The material is available here [An Comunn Gàidhealach].
It continues the Library's commitment to Gaelic which has seen more than 1,200 Gaelic books, papers and documents made available online via its website in the past few years.
Last week the Library also announced a new partnership with the popular website Wikipedia to recruit a Gaelic speaker to help develop Uicipeid, the online Gaelic Wikipedia.
For the second year running, the Library is taking part in the Mòd fringe with an hour-long event on 19 October. General Collections Curator Jennifer Giles will explore the history of An Comunn through its publications and Moving Image Archive Curator Allan MacKay will introduce the audience to unique film footage from Harris in 1941 as part of a presentation on the Western Isles.
The National Library is also hoping to enrich its Gaelic collection by appealing to everyone at the Mòd to consider contributing any publications or material they may have at home.
'We don't have many Mòd programmes from before 1966,' said Jennifer. 'And it would be great to fill in this and other gaps in our collection. We would be keen to hear from anyone who can help add to the national collection.'
Meanwhile a fascinating range of facsimile material from the Library's Gaelic and local collection will be on display at Lews Castle Museum and Archives in Stornoway from 17-21 October. This includes tourist guides, phrase books, music, works by Gaelic poets and Gaelic magazines. People can also learn more by visiting the Library's exhibition stand at the Mòd Showcase at the Nicolson Institute, Stornoway from 17-21 October.
'We are delighted to be able to take part in this year's Mòd and look forward to strengthening our links with An Comunn and other Gaelic organisations,' said Jennifer.
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17 October 2016