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Place-name Research on Colonsay and Oronsay – Volunteers Needed

by eilidh - 15:27:00 on 2016-04-21

Air you interested in place-names and natural heritage? Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba (AÀA) in partnership with SNH and the national research network Soillse are embarking on a new place-name project on Colonsay and Oronsay and we need your help.

The project will become part of the award winning series of bilingual booklets, Gaelic in the Landscape, published by SNH. This will be the sixth booklet of the series and the fourth in partnership with AÀA. As part of the vital work in creating the booklet we are looking for a small team of volunteer fieldworkers to carry out the local research aspect of the project. If you have an interest in the history and place-names of the islands, and have a reasonable level of fluency in Gaelic, we would like to hear from you. Local knowledge would be particularly useful.

A day’s training on Colonsay and continued follow-up support (including travel expenses) will be provided by AÀA, ensuring that fieldworkers are equipped with the skills needed to gather local knowledge of the islands’ place-names and their associated heritage. It is hoped that each volunteer would commit approximately 16 hours to the research between May and July 2016.

It is hoped that each volunteer would be able to secure two interviews and carry out the following responsibilities: Confirm grid references; Collate the research into a spreadsheet; Transcribe the interviews. It would also be ideal if one of the volunteers was willing to conduct a workshop with the school sometime in June.

If you are interested, or would like a little more information, please get in touch by email at ‘oifis at ainmean-aite dot org’ or ring us on 01471 888120 by Monday 2 May 2016. A short explanation of your interest and experience would be most useful.

You can find a copy of the previous booklet, Place-names of Strath, Isle of Skye, on the SNH website.


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