15 Nov 2004
HIGHLAND WEBSITE WINS NATIONAL HISTORY AWARD
A website created by The Highland Council today received an award from the Library Services Trust for the non-print category in the Alan Ball Local History Awards of 2004.
At the Council's, Education, Culture and Sport Committee today, Councillor Hamish Fraser, Depute Chairman (Gaelic) received a plaque from Michael Saich, Chairman of the Library Services Trust on behalf of the Am Baile website team.
Now in their 20th year, the Alan Ball Awards were established to encourage local history publishing by public libraries and local authorities. This year the judges were particularly delighted that the number of non-print entries had substantially increased and The Highland Council's Am Baile website was one of three receiving the top awards, the other two awarded to Newcastle Upon Tyne City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.
Presenting the award Michael Saich, said: "I am delighted to come to Inverness to present the Alan Ball Award to The Highland Council. This is first occasion that a non print item has been given this prestigious award. The judges were highly impressed with the comprehensive guide to the history and culture of the Scottish Highlands."
Receiving the award Councillor Fraser said: "It is an honour to receive this award on behalf of The Highland Council. I am also extremely pleased that a bi-lingual Gaelic - English website, "Am Baile", is the first non-print item to receive the Allan Ball Local History Award."
Am Baile - The Gaelic Village (www.ambaile.org.uk) is a resource for anyone interested in Highland history, culture and language, and can be used in English and Gaelic. There are photographs, illustrations, rare books and documents as well as short films, sounds, interactive games and comics. The website continues to increase in popularity and now attracts around 19,000 visitors a month.