Berneray Historical Society is based in The Nurse’s Cottage on the island, which is open during the summer for people to come and view the permanent and temporary exhibitions.
May - August 11am - 3pm. Other times by arrangement.
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The Nurse's Cottage
Berneray Historical Society is based in The Nurse’s Cottage on the island. It is structured as a Scottish Charitable Organisation (SCIO) and managed by a volunteer committee. Membership comprises local people as well as those on the mainland and overseas.
The Nurse’s Cottage is open during the summer for people to come and view the permanent and temporary exhibitions. The collections have been expanded and added to through a number of successful projects over the years. There is an extensive genealogical database and many photographs on display, as well as a small number of artefacts. There is a timeline running round the main historical display room and a number of frames, containing text and images focused on to particular aspects of the island’s history and culture. There are publications available to buy, covering both the history and the natural history of the island. When open, the Nurse’s Cottage is staffed by a friendly and knowledgeable local volunteer.
Much of Berneray Historical Society’s genealogical data, archive material and photographs of artefacts have been digitised and are available through the community digital archive of Hebridean Connections. The Society’s holdings include:
- Genealogies / croft histories
- Berneray School admission registers 1838-1940 (photocopies)
- Land raids letter 1921