Highland History and CulturePosted: 2009-06-30
While researching details for an article on my recent visit to the fabulous island of Colonsay I ran across a wonderful resource of information on the culture, heritage, and living history of the Scottish Highlands; a website named Am Baile, The Gaelic Village.
Am Baile was established by The Highland Council, Taigh Chearsabhagh Trust and West Highland Animation, with the aim of creating a digital archive, preserving for posterity the incredibly rich history and culture of the Scottish Highlands and Islands.
Well, that sounds very grand, but what is is about, really? Am Baile makes available to Internet users a fabulous resource of historic photographs, oral history, folklore, archaeology, rare books and other historic documents, in both Gaelic and English. There's a 'Then and Now' section comparing historic photos of Highlands location with modern photos of the same location. There's also an extensive Education section aimed at school-aged children.
Included are documents from private collections, museums, and libraries. If that sounds dry, how about contemporary art, films, interactive games, and even comic books? Am Baile is a truly remarkable resource, a way to explore the culture and heritage of the Scottish Highlands. You can find information by information type or topic, and create your own scrapbook of information, as well as sharing your own Highland story with others. This 'story' can simply include memories, family stories, recollections, or any kind of anecdote connected with the Highlands and Islands.
To say I am impressed with Am Baile is an understatement; its an amazing resource, and well worth checking out if you have any connection with the Highlands, or if you'd like to learn about the area.
Am Baile website