Monday, 17 August 2009

Glendale Heritage Exhibition

Press release
Monday 17th August 2009

The Glendale Trust today formally opened a two week exhibition on Glendale Life at Borrodale School, Glendale.

Speaking at the opening, the chair of the Trust Ian Blackford said:

“We are delighted to take this opportunity to showcase for locals as well as visitors the rich history of Glendale and the story of its people. Glendale played an important part in the fight for land reform in the 19th Century not least from the well documented activities of John MacPherson and the Glendale Martyrs”

MSP delves into his student past in Glendale

"Rob Gibson MSP for Highlands and Islands since 2003 has contributed a photographic record of the Federation of Student Nationalist's Skye Crofting Scheme which flourished in the 1970s. The Glendale Trust Heritage Centre exhibition which was unveiled on Monday 17th August has given Rob the opportunity to present slides and other memorabilia of the students' work and contribution to the area at that time."

Rob said,

"Land issues figured prominently in our work. These included collaboration with crofters in September 1972 at Strollamus to demonstrate against the laird Horace Martin. Other pictures of students at work on crofts in Duirinish show what a thriving crofting environment looked like in the 1970s. We also supported the Land League Day in August 1976 against rent rises proposed by Borreraig laird Ollaus Martin [no relation to Horace Martin]."

"Many of the issues are still with us today and as a local MSP I have much personal knowledge of the area to contribute to current crofting debates."

The Heritage exhibition is open from the 17-29th August 10am-4pm every day except Sunday.

Photo: Rob Gibson MSP with Chair of the Glendale Trust Ian Blackford

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