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Colonsay, our history

Our current exhibition covers many aspects of Colonsay and Oransay's history from the early Bronze Age right up to the present day. The story is partly told through a series of informative and colourful wall panels donated by Kilmartin Museum and Ulster University, both of whom have been highly supportive of the Trust.

There are information leaflets available covering a range of topics, including the geology of Colonsay, our lighthouse renovation project, Oransay and its Priory and the archaeology of Colonsay and Oransay.

Our photographs are too numerous to display them all (at the moment) and we are currently working on a system to rotate themed photographic displays.

Covering everything from natural history to social history our artefacts are a focal part of our collection - everything from whale bones to cooking pots! Some items are too precious to be on display until we can provide the appropriate conditions. These, along with the rest of our collection can presently be seen in our Photo Gallery.

Our Centre is open 7 days a week, all day. See our page on Getting Here for further details.














Colonsay Remembers

This exhibition was created and presented to the Trust by Alan Davis, in commemoration of islanders lost during WW1. The information can be found in Alan’s book ‘Colonsay’s Fallen’. We are pleased to have now compiled these panels into a folder, on display in the Centre in time for the WW1 centenary commemorations.






The Arandora Star

This exhibition, again researched, designed and presented by Alan Davis, tells the story of the fate of the ship, its crew and prisoner of war passengers when it was torpedoed in the Atlantic during WW2. We have this exhibition on display again in an easily accessible folder in our Centre.



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