North Uist Historical Society

North Uist Historical Society is currently developing its new base at Carinish Old School, which will become an interpretive and activity centre. It still organises heritage exhibitions at its former base, the Taigh Chearsabhagh arts centre in Lochmaddy.

Contact the Society for details of events and consultations

Website of North Uist Historical Society


Carinish Old School
North Uist


01876 580770


North Uist Historical Society was formed in 1987 and has built up a collection of objects, photographs and sound archives. The Society organises regular exhibitions at Taigh Chearsabhagh in Lochmaddy, as well as community activities and events.

The Society’s collection includes over 1,000 artefacts representing the heritage and culture of North Uist from the late 19th century and a wide-ranging photographic collection of approximately 6,000 prints and transparencies. Most of the photographs are held in the museum at Taigh Chearsabhagh and are available for visitors to view by appointment. The society also owns the historic Grimsay-built boat Morning Star.

The Society is in the process of developing the former Carinish school in order to rehouse and provide access to its collection, which is currently in store, and create an interpretive and activity centre. As of February 2023, the Carinish premises are not yet open to the public.


  • Photographic archive arranged by township and/or subject. 
  • Oral history collection
  • Runrig archive
  • Cromagh papers relating to the MacDonald family of Cromagh, North Uist
  • Records of Lochmaddy Pier & Harbour
  • Records of North Uist Funeral Fund
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