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TITLE
Colbost Black House, Isle of Skye
EXTERNAL ID
SLD_182_053
PLACENAME
Colbost
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Duirinish
PERIOD
1970s; 1980s
CREATOR
Olivia James
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
39498
KEYWORDS
Colbost Folk Museum
black houses
blackhouse
crofthouse
crofting
distilling
whisky stills
thatch
thatched cottage
thatched roofs
Colbost Black House, Isle of Skye

A Hebridean Crofter's black house at Colbost on the Isle of Skye; it is part of a small folk museum which opened in 1969. The interior of the house is laid out as it would have been in the 19th century with simple furnishings and a central open hearth burning peat. The museum site comprises this thatched croft house along with two smaller thatched buildings, one of which houses a mock illicit whisky still.

The house vividly recreates the basic nature of living conditions at the time. The two main rooms, a kitchen and living area and a bedroom, are dark and gloomy with bare earth floors but they must have provided welcome shelter from the hardship of daily life on the croft. Various old agricultural implements are displayed outside.


Olivia James
The images in this collection are a selection from a set of high quality Agfachrome slides taken by Olivia James. Mrs James, a semi-professional photographer, took the photographs on visits to Skye between 1968 and 1989, using a Pentax S1A camera and CT 18 film. They record a variety of locations, people and activities which have now changed or indeed disappeared, and provide one person's view of the island through the camera lens. Born in Elderslie, Renfrewshire on 26th April 1932, Olive Grace James (née Purcell) moved to England in 1944, trained as a teacher and married Richard James in 1956. Her husband's forbears were from Skye and they began visiting on a regular basis in 1968. In addition to the slides, Mrs James has written an evocative account of her memories of places, events and people on Skye which she named 'Skye Magic', a copy of which is held at the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre.
'Skye Magic' has been incorporated into her privately printed autobiography 'Neivie, Neivie, Nick, Nack' which she has kindly donated to various institutions including the Clan Donald Library on Skye, the Mitchell Library in Glasgow and the Weaver's Cottage, Kilbarchan.


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Colbost Black House, Isle of Skye

INVERNESS: Duirinish

1970s; 1980s

Colbost Folk Museum; black houses; blackhouse; crofthouse; crofting; distilling; whisky stills; thatch; thatched cottage; thatched roofs

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Olivia James Collection

A Hebridean Crofter's black house at Colbost on the Isle of Skye; it is part of a small folk museum which opened in 1969. The interior of the house is laid out as it would have been in the 19th century with simple furnishings and a central open hearth burning peat. The museum site comprises this thatched croft house along with two smaller thatched buildings, one of which houses a mock illicit whisky still.<br /> <br /> The house vividly recreates the basic nature of living conditions at the time. The two main rooms, a kitchen and living area and a bedroom, are dark and gloomy with bare earth floors but they must have provided welcome shelter from the hardship of daily life on the croft. Various old agricultural implements are displayed outside. <br /> <br /> <br /> <b>Olivia James</b><br /> The images in this collection are a selection from a set of high quality Agfachrome slides taken by Olivia James. Mrs James, a semi-professional photographer, took the photographs on visits to Skye between 1968 and 1989, using a Pentax S1A camera and CT 18 film. They record a variety of locations, people and activities which have now changed or indeed disappeared, and provide one person's view of the island through the camera lens. Born in Elderslie, Renfrewshire on 26th April 1932, Olive Grace James (née Purcell) moved to England in 1944, trained as a teacher and married Richard James in 1956. Her husband's forbears were from Skye and they began visiting on a regular basis in 1968. In addition to the slides, Mrs James has written an evocative account of her memories of places, events and people on Skye which she named 'Skye Magic', a copy of which is held at the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre.<br /> 'Skye Magic' has been incorporated into her privately printed autobiography 'Neivie, Neivie, Nick, Nack' which she has kindly donated to various institutions including the Clan Donald Library on Skye, the Mitchell Library in Glasgow and the Weaver's Cottage, Kilbarchan. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com ">Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a>