Faodail | FOUND Archive Film Project

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To launch the project in January 2019 we are aiming to digitise 4000 feet of super8 colour film by local naturalist and Gaelic educator Annie (Chnoc na Luib) MacDonald from the 1960’s and 70’s. The films document Annie’s love of her native island’s unique flora and fauna. We aim to raise £1000 by mid-February. Please donate via our GoFundMe campaign here

Outer Hebrides Film Archive Research Project

FOUND: Film/OUter hebrides/Narrative + Digitisation

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Faodail: Lucky find, a waif, a found object

Still from Evacuation of St Kilda (1930) courtesy of NLS MIA
Still from Evacuation of St Kilda (1930) courtesy of NLS MIA



Up until as late as 1979, very little, if any, publicly disseminated moving image created in or about the Outer Hebrides was made from anything other than an outsiders’ perspective. This lack of an indigenous viewpoint and language led, at best, to an uninformed, and often romanticised or patronising, representation of island life.

How does the cultural value of moving image alter with inside/outside authorial perspective?

Through the project we are looking to digitise and make accessible;

  • Cinema Sgire 1979-82 community video project, on Sony V-60H video tape, based in Benbecula led by Mike Russell
  • Recently found home movie collections eg: (North Uist) Annie Macdonald collection, Mary Campbell collection, Gloria Mackillop collection, Dr Alex Macleod collection, 1962 Uist Fishing Trip (8mm, source unknown)
  • And as yet undiscovered home movie (super/8mm,16mm) from Outer Hebrides.
Cinema Sgire video tape (MnE)
Cinema Sgire video tape (MnE)












The purpose will be to make Outer Hebridean moving image archive available to a wider public in a curated online platform with access points in island museums, schools, libraries and Comann Eachdraidh, heritage and arts venues. FOUND will host public screenings, reminiscence events and generate production projects to reinterpret archive moving image from contemporary islanders perspective.

Do you know of any home movie footage of the Outer Hebrides not already in the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive?

Please contact Andy Mackinnon, UistFilm Producer & Arts Manager, Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre.     [email protected]       01870603977