THE LONG MEMORIES PROJECT
The Long Memories Project aims to promote awareness of the social history of Lochgair village and immediate surrounding villages and farms. It has mounted two highly successful exhibitions in Lochgair Hall attracting folk from other areas as well as the input of archaeologists and historians. The current priority is collecting memories of the hall and activities that ran in it in the past; as well as continuing to find out about the lives and experiences of long term residents of the village.
With two exhibitions so far, themes explored included the fishing industry, the history of buildings in the village, noteworthy boats visiting the loch, the school, the church, local personalities, and of course, the village's role in the war.
With enthusiastic support for the project, work is underway to prepare the third exhibition which will focus on the daily life of villagers in the years prior to the A83 and the years following the introduction of modern world influences such as the telegraph, and the shift from water transport to road transport.
Glashan, Gair, Power and the Puzzles of the Past.
One theme explored fully in the first two exhibitions was the relationship between the two lochs ‘Glashan’ and ‘Gair’. This is a story of power - political and electrical - stolen water, and how the timely intervention of locals enabled archaeological discoveries of world wide significance to be made.