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TITLE
Staff of The West Highland Free Press, 1997
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_KL_DS080592
PLACENAME
Broadford
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Strath
DATE OF IMAGE
1 August 1997
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Chris Hogg
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
20077
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
newspapers
journalism
Staff of The West Highland Free Press, 1997

Editor Ian McCormack and staff of the West Highland Free Press in the newsroom at Broadford, Isle of Skye, photographed in August 1997.

The West Highland Free Press was founded in 1972 as a weekly newspaper. The paper's priorities are summarised by the Gaelic slogan on its masthead: 'An Tir, an Canan 'sna Daoine - The Land, the Language, the People'. It is a slogan borrowed from the Highland Land League which, in the late nineteenth century, fought the crucial battle to win security of tenure for crofters. The land issue is still at the heart of the Free Press' politics. Where private landlordism persists, the fundamental conflict of interest also remains and is reflected in many of the stories which the paper has reported over the years. The paper actively opposes the maldistribution of land ownership which is considered an issue in the region, and champions the rights of local communities and individuals. The paper also champions the cause of the Gaelic language, both by giving it political support and also by publishing more written Gaelic material than any other newspaper. Over the first 25 years, progress has been made in improving the status of the language, and in particular, educational provision. In the early 1970s the idea of a single word of Gaelic appearing on road signs was an anathema to local authorities which were, at that time, dominated by landowners. Today bilingual or even Gaelic-only signs are taken for granted.

Background
Over one hundred years ago, two of the most picturesque railways in the world, the Kyle line and the Far North line, were built. Linking them to the rest of the UK rail network is the Highland main line. From 1997 to 2003 the National Railway Museum photographed these three lines, and from the images three exhibitions were created - 'Connection to the Kyle', 'By Firth and Flow' and 'The Highland Link'. The exhibitions were hosted on the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) under the digital exhibition 'North by Northwest' which officially launched the National Archive of Scotland site on 5 June 2001 in Inverness. The collaboration with SCAN lasted until 2009 when 'North by Northwest' was transferred to the Am Baile website.

'North by Northwest' documents living history and records a snapshot of time in the lives of the people and the lines during the closing years of the twentieth century and the emergence of the twenty-first century. The exhibitions celebrated the impact of the Highland railways on the people, landscape and economy of the Scottish Highlands.

We acknowledge support from the following sponsors who funded the photographic survey of the Highland main line, the Kyle and the Far North lines by the National Railway Museum photographers between 1997 and 2003:

Railtrack, Railtrack-Scotland, ScotRail, EWS, Porterbrook, First Engineering, The Highland Rail Network Development Partnership, The Highland Council, Ross & Cromarty Enterprise, Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise, Safeways, Friends of the National Railway Museum, Perth & Kinross Council, and the Highland Railway Society.

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Staff of The West Highland Free Press, 1997

INVERNESS: Strath

1990s

railway; railways; newspapers; journalism

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Kyle Line

Editor Ian McCormack and staff of the West Highland Free Press in the newsroom at Broadford, Isle of Skye, photographed in August 1997.<br /> <br /> The West Highland Free Press was founded in 1972 as a weekly newspaper. The paper's priorities are summarised by the Gaelic slogan on its masthead: 'An Tir, an Canan 'sna Daoine - The Land, the Language, the People'. It is a slogan borrowed from the Highland Land League which, in the late nineteenth century, fought the crucial battle to win security of tenure for crofters. The land issue is still at the heart of the Free Press' politics. Where private landlordism persists, the fundamental conflict of interest also remains and is reflected in many of the stories which the paper has reported over the years. The paper actively opposes the maldistribution of land ownership which is considered an issue in the region, and champions the rights of local communities and individuals. The paper also champions the cause of the Gaelic language, both by giving it political support and also by publishing more written Gaelic material than any other newspaper. Over the first 25 years, progress has been made in improving the status of the language, and in particular, educational provision. In the early 1970s the idea of a single word of Gaelic appearing on road signs was an anathema to local authorities which were, at that time, dominated by landowners. Today bilingual or even Gaelic-only signs are taken for granted. <br /> <br /> Background<br /> Over one hundred years ago, two of the most picturesque railways in the world, the Kyle line and the Far North line, were built. Linking them to the rest of the UK rail network is the Highland main line. From 1997 to 2003 the National Railway Museum photographed these three lines, and from the images three exhibitions were created - 'Connection to the Kyle', 'By Firth and Flow' and 'The Highland Link'. The exhibitions were hosted on the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) under the digital exhibition 'North by Northwest' which officially launched the National Archive of Scotland site on 5 June 2001 in Inverness. The collaboration with SCAN lasted until 2009 when 'North by Northwest' was transferred to the Am Baile website.<br /> <br /> 'North by Northwest' documents living history and records a snapshot of time in the lives of the people and the lines during the closing years of the twentieth century and the emergence of the twenty-first century. The exhibitions celebrated the impact of the Highland railways on the people, landscape and economy of the Scottish Highlands.<br /> <br /> We acknowledge support from the following sponsors who funded the photographic survey of the Highland main line, the Kyle and the Far North lines by the National Railway Museum photographers between 1997 and 2003:<br /> <br /> Railtrack, Railtrack-Scotland, ScotRail, EWS, Porterbrook, First Engineering, The Highland Rail Network Development Partnership, The Highland Council, Ross & Cromarty Enterprise, Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise, Safeways, Friends of the National Railway Museum, Perth & Kinross Council, and the Highland Railway Society.