We have an established partnership with Museum nan Eilean and have worked together on a variety of projects since 2006.

These include reciprocal loans, training and advice support as well as working in partnership to deliver the Lewis Chessmen Unmasked  touring exhibition together with the British Museum in 2010/2011. Sgoil Lionacleit, Benbecula also partnered with us on the youth engagement project Scotland Create: A Sense of Place.

Above: Jackie, Assistant Curator, and Lucy, Assistant Registrar, condition checking objects before they are put on display.

We now begin an exciting new phase of collaboration with the opening of the Lews Castle Museum & Archive. Nearly a third of the fascinating objects on display are on loan from National Museums Scotland, including a number of spectacular Viking hacksilver hoards and a 1923 Morgan three-wheel motor car, which was driven in Stornoway and on the island of Berneray. These loans provide rich, new opportunities for fruitful collaboration for many years to come, with a number of projects already planned.

A team of curators and registrars travelled to Stornoway in March to transport and install our collections on loan.

Above: A selection of objects from National Museums Scotland during the install at Lews Castle.

Both National Museums Scotland and Museum nan Eilean have found this a very rewarding experience. Nick Smith, Heritage Manager for Museum nan Eilean states:

“Partnership with National Museums Scotland has been an essential factor in the development of the new Museum nan Eilean at Lews Castle. A close working relationship with National Museums Scotland staff has contributed to a high quality exhibition which will provide an excellent visitor experience.”

The Lews Castle Museum & Archive officially opened to the public on Thursday 14 July 2016.


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