19 January 2024 - 31 December 2025

Seinn Spioradail

Exhibition

The exhibition explores the incredible wealth of sights, sounds and memories of spiritual singing and song writing in everyday life in Highland and Island communities, something which has been part of Highland culture for millenia.

Curators

Seinn Spioradail is an exhibition curated by the ethnomusicologist, Dr Frances Wilkins (The Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen) and the designer, Ronan Martin.

Info

In the exhibition, you will learn about the variety of Gaelic sacred singing throughout the region, including psalmody, hymnody, and sacred song compositions. The voices of members of the community play an important role in bringing the music alive, and the repertoire is brought to the forefront through sound recordings, objects, an exhibition film and a digital archive and virtual tour. Become immersed in the music and hear more about the music and the composers who are central to expressions of spirituality in Highland and Island communities.  

 

VIEW VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE EXHIBITION AT MUSEUM NAN EILEAN

Watch The Exhibition Film

Would you like an insight into the different singing explored in the exhibition? See the film here, which explores the psalmody, hymnody and bardic traditions of the Hebrides. 

 


Exhibition Dates
19 January 2024 - 31 December 2025

Find more information about the Seinn Spioradial exhibition opening hours and locations.

Museum nan Eilean

19 January – 12 April 2024  

Museum nan Eilean, Stornoway

 

Museum nan Eilean – exhibition opening event is 5.30-7:00pm at the gallery, with refreshments.

 

Admission:

Free (suggested donation £5)

 

Address:

Museum nan Eilean, Lews Castle Grounds, Stornoway HS2 0XS

 

Opening times:

Tuesday – Saturday: 1pm-4pm (until 31 March)

Tuesday – Saturday: 10am-5pm (from 1 April)

Sunday-Monday: closed

 

Phone no:

01851 822746

 

Website 

https://www.outerhebridesheritage.org.uk/museum/museum-nan-eilean-stornoway/

 

Email

museum@cne-siar.gov.uk

 

Location

Museum nan Eilean is approximately 15 minute walk or a 5 minute drive from the centre of Stornoway and is located within the Lews Castle Grounds adjacent to the Lews Castle.

Click here to view the location on Google Maps.

19 April – 17 June 2024  

Kinloch Historical Society, Balallan

 

Admission:

£2 (under 16s Free)

 

Address:

Kinloch Historical Society Community Hub, Balallan, Isle of Lewis HS2 9PN

 

Opening times:

Monday — Saturday 10am – 4pm

Sunday — Closed

 

Phone no:

01851 830778

 

Website:

https://kinlochhistoricalsociety.co.uk/

 

Email:

info@kinlochhistoricalsociety.co.uk

 

Location

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30 June- 12 November 2024  

Portree Archives, Portree

Admission:

Free

Address:

Elgin Hostel, Dunvegan Road, Portree, Isle of Skye, IV51 9EE

 

Opening times:

Mon – 10:00 -13:00; 14:00 – 17:00

Tue – 10:00 -13:00; 14:00 – 17:00

Wed – Closed

Thur – 10:00 -13:00; 14:00 – 17:00

Fri – 10:00 -13:00 14:00-1700

Sat-Sun – Closed

 

Phone no:

01478 614078

Email:

skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com

 

Website:

https://www.highlifehighland.com/skye-and-lochalsh-archive-centre/

 

Location 

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15 November 2024 – 8 March 2025  

Museum nan Eilean, Sgoil Lionacleit, Benbecula

Admission:

Free

 

Address:

Liniclate School, Linaclate, Isle of Benbecula HS7 5PJ

 

Opening times:

Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri. 10am – 5pm (closed 1-2pm)

Wednesday 10am-1pm

Saturday 10am-3.30pm

 

Phone no:

01870603692

Website 

www.outerhebridesheritage.org.uk/museum/benbecula-museum/

Email

museumU&B@cne-siar.gov.uk

 

Location

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15 March – 31 December 2025

Comunn Eachdraidh Nis, Ness, Isle of Lewis

 

Audio Player

Explore our archive of over 300 hymns, psalms, spiritual songs and melodies recorded across the region as part of the project. This player allows you to browse and search the music in the archive in a playlist format. 

Sound Map

Our soundmap displays recordings from the archive by location. See a map showing the different places visited during the project, listen to the music and hear more about the singers who have contributed to the project and the songs recorded in each location.  

Virtual Tours

Visit our virtual world, explore churches and homes and find out more about sacred singing in different contexts. Listen to music, access articles and resources, watch video clips, and learn more about the region’s rich tradition of song writing and publishing.