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Shona MacLellan - Radio nan Gàidheal

Shona MacLellan,Traditional Skills trainee at Tasglann nan Eilean

Shona was recently interviewed on the BBC Radio nan Gàidheal about the current display on at the archive.

You can listen to the programme on the BBC website, Shona's interview starts at 32:37

For the non Gaelic speakers, Shona talks about the following: on display in the archive are several documents about the introduction of the Public Health (Scotland) Act in 1867, especially in the Western Isles where it improved conditions for the islanders immensely. From the archives on display Shona talked about the use of slates within the schools and how they had to be cleaned each day to avoid spreading diseases and Public Health registers that had details of disease outbreaks, letters from the Sanitary Inspector of Stornoway and also how much was spent on a horse for the Burgh to pull the dust cart  - found in a Police and Water Ledger. She mentioned that all this fascinating information was found in a rather boring looking ledger - which brings to mind the over used metaphor - don’t judge a book by its cover.