Kildonan Museum with Kildonan Ceilidhs will be a hosting a ceilidh on Friday 16th February, 7.30pm at the museum. Come along!…
The museum itself, Taigh Tasgaidh Chill Donnain, is owned by the South Uist Historical Trust. Originally a school it has been extended and developed into a multi-purpose centre with full museum accreditation. The museum now contains an archival room dedicated to the memory of Margaret Fay Shaw.…
History of the collection
Kildonan Museum holds over 10,000 items related to the social, domestic and cultural history of South Uist.
During the 1950’s and 1960’s the late Father John Morrison, parish priest of Iochdar in South Uist collected nearly 700 items representing the cultural identity of South Uist. These items were displayed in a small thatched cottage. Father Morrison signed over his collection to be held on behalf of the people of South Uist.
In 1997 Kildonan museum (Taigh-tasgaidh Chill Donnain) was extended beyond its premises in the old-school house and became a heritage, arts and culture centre for the area. In 2017 the museum was again extended, this time to accommodate a new gallery and learning facilities.
The collection’s timeline is vast including ancient archaeological finds and items related to townships, crofting and agriculture. It holds the Clan Ranald stone, thought to have been carved to commemorate John of Moidart, chieftain of the Clan Ranald in the late 1500s.
Cultural and heritage facilities
The museum has a ‘Feis Room’ as a learning and performing art space for Gaelic culture including music, drama, art and storytelling.
There’s also an open-access archive containing maps, documents and photographs telling South Uist’s
A warm welcome
Kildonan Café is a popular spot for local’s and visitor’s alike. Tasty homemade baking is available as well as a range of freshly prepared meals. It’s also a great place to relax, enjoy the views and hear stories from local residents!
The Craft Shop is run by Uist Craft Producers. This is a group who came together in the late 1980s to help market their wares, and you have the opportunity to see what they produce in an excellent setting.
Uist Craft Producers now has some 50 members engaged in the production of paintings and other artwork, knitware and textiles, woodwork and much more.
The museum will reopen on Easter Sunday 1st April, 2018. Come and take a look!…