Visitors to the Western and Northern isles notice the differences: the Hebrides’ vibrant Celtic culture, Orkney’s productive farming, Shetland’s lavish infrastructure. Britain’s Atlantic islands used to share much more in common, with similar folk practices that continued for centuries.
This exhibition examines three customs that some folk today might think weren’t “politically correct” – hunting seabirds and eggs, killing whales, harvesting peat. How did islanders use these resources? Why did they abandon traditions, and what’s to stop their return?