Known as CEUT (Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath), this dynamic local historical society was formed in October 1987 and since then has built up a collection of objects, photographs and sound archives which vividly reflect the social history of North Uist. A membership of over 300 people supports a committee of volunteers who meet regularly to promote the society’s aims and objectives, as well as organise regular events for and with the local community.
CEUT is responsible for organising and curating heritage-related activities at Taigh Chearsabhagh, primarily the Museum’s main annual exhibition as well as, each year, several temporary displays in Gallery 2.
The Community Collection & Archive which CEUT maintains comprises of over 1,000 artefacts which represent and inform the heritage and culture of North Uist communities from the late 19th century through to the end of the 20th century. The society also owns and part-operates the historic Grimsay-built boat, the Morning Star.
In addition, CEUT holds a wide-ranging photographic collection of approximately 6,000 prints and transparencies, mainly copies of the originals. Most of these photographs are held in the museum at Taigh Chearsabhagh and are available for visitors to view, on appointment, free of charge.
Taigh Chearsabhagh’s museum also holds the Runrig Archive. Powerful and evocative images and printed memorabilia chart the band’s history and international success, from its formation in North Uist in 1973 to the group’s split in 2018.
Having secured ownership of the empty Carinish primary school on the south of the island in 2019, CEUT is in the process of obtaining funding to refurbish the building to rehouse the collection, currently stored on Benbecula, as well as develop a small interpretative centre for visitors.
CEUT has an active group of volunteers who help to curate exhibitions, put on events and provide educational and community-focused outreach work. In 2016 they won the British Museum Marsh Award for Volunteers for Scotland.
CEUT works to achieve the following aims and objectives:
- To ensure increased collections care and access to the collections.
- To develop and extend bilingual learning opportunities and education relating to our collections and North Uist’s culture and history.
- To raise the profile of CEUT and heritage within Taigh Chearsabhagh and the wider community.
- To embed digital awareness in CEUT.