Ness Historical Society

Ness Historical Society

Ness Historical Society was established in 1977. Its mission is to preserve and promote the history, language, culture and heritage of the Ness to Ballantrushal area.

Closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Refer to the website of Ness Historical Society for seasonal updates on opening times

Free admission to Museum; charges applicable for archival research

Website of Ness Historical Society


Old Cross School
Isle of Lewis


01851 810377


Ness Historical Society was the first historical society to be established in the Outer Hebrides, in 1977. Its mission is to preserve and promote the history, language and culture of North Lewis for the benefit of local and global communities. The Society is based in the former Cross School. It operates an accredited museum, which has undergone refurbishment, and which showcases a past, rural, island community way of life. Displays include the St Ronan Cross which dates from around the 10th-11th century CE.

Publications include a local phone book which records people’s patronymics and the quarterly magazine Criomagan.  The Society runs an active programme of events and exhibitions.


  • Croft histories including photographs and genealogies
  • Subject files on crofting, war, fishing, boats and other local topics
  • Records of Taigh Dhonnchaidh, music and arts centre
  • Records of Ness Hall, community hall
  • Records of Cross School
  • Personal papers of local families and individuals
  • Records of Ness Funeral Fund
  • Oral history collection
  • Museum artefacts including the St Ronan Cross
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