Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

8/11/2004

‘Faces from St Kilda’ exhibition opens at National Archives of Scotland

The front hall of the General Register House, the National Archives of Scotland’s building on Princes Street, is the venue for an exhibition of 19th and early 20th century photographs, entitled ‘Faces from St Kilda’. The archipelago of St Kilda lies some 110 miles west of mainland Scotland. Although people are known to have lived there for thousands of years, life there was always precarious. The inhabitants lived off the land and, to a lesser degree, the sea. Most of the photographs in ‘Faces from St Kilda’ were taken by Captain Thomas, a member of the Photographic Society of Scotland. In 1860 he sailed with Captain Otter on HMS Porcupine to St Kilda, where he took the first known photographs of the islands and of the St Kildans.

‘Faces from St Kilda’ can be seen free of charge, Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm, until 31 December 2004.

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