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TITLE
Philomena
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_LEAVINGHOME_010
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Ewen Weatherspoon
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
11615
KEYWORDS
immigration
emigration
personal stories
autobiography
Philomena

"By the age of 18 I had lived in three different continents. I was born in Africa, sent to school in Goa (India) and then joined my family in Edinburgh because they had to leave Uganda. So, coming to Scotland was not a conscious decision, I just ended up here because of family circumstances. Having i finished my university education in Edinburgh and met my husband who is Scottish. We moved to the Highlands because of his connections to the area and to set up an organic cheese making business.

I was brought up speaking English and have no strong attachment to place, but the Highlands seem as good a place as any. Having been brought up in different cultures and places, I have learned not to be too strongly attached to objects and to adapt to wherever I ended up! But I do miss the smells, some foods, aspects of the environment and culture from Goa. Getting to know Scottish people can be hard work. They appear to forget that they were a country of emigrants; however, at the same time at an individual level people are the same everywhere."

This photograph was taken of Philomena at her office at the Midmills campus of Inverness College.

Emigration has been part of the Highland experience for hundreds of years; so too has immigration. Now with over 50 languages being spoken in Highland schools it is clear what a multicultural nation Scotland has become. This is one of a series of portraits of New Highlanders. They have come here for many reasons; to work, to study or to make a new life. They are all contributing to a new Scotland.

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Philomena

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

immigration; emigration; personal stories; autobiography

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

New Highlanders

"By the age of 18 I had lived in three different continents. I was born in Africa, sent to school in Goa (India) and then joined my family in Edinburgh because they had to leave Uganda. So, coming to Scotland was not a conscious decision, I just ended up here because of family circumstances. Having i finished my university education in Edinburgh and met my husband who is Scottish. We moved to the Highlands because of his connections to the area and to set up an organic cheese making business. <br /> <br /> I was brought up speaking English and have no strong attachment to place, but the Highlands seem as good a place as any. Having been brought up in different cultures and places, I have learned not to be too strongly attached to objects and to adapt to wherever I ended up! But I do miss the smells, some foods, aspects of the environment and culture from Goa. Getting to know Scottish people can be hard work. They appear to forget that they were a country of emigrants; however, at the same time at an individual level people are the same everywhere."<br /> <br /> This photograph was taken of Philomena at her office at the Midmills campus of Inverness College. <br /> <br /> Emigration has been part of the Highland experience for hundreds of years; so too has immigration. Now with over 50 languages being spoken in Highland schools it is clear what a multicultural nation Scotland has become. This is one of a series of portraits of New Highlanders. They have come here for many reasons; to work, to study or to make a new life. They are all contributing to a new Scotland.