Voices of the Eigg Community Buy out
Our Scotland's Year of Stories exhibition opened on 11 June 2022, the day when the whole community of Eigg celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Eigg buy out, our silver anniversary...
This banner is re-using the thene of the Treee of life and caption" our island , our future" used for the first ever 12 June celebration, in 1997!
The exhibition uses archive photographs images and artifacts, as well as newspaper cuttings which are part of our extensive Eigg buyout archive.
Among our guests for the day, were land reform campaigners Andy Wightman and Dr Michael Foxley whose help was crucial in the sucess of our buy-out campaign.
Like all our visitors to the exhibtion, they were intrigued by the presence of the American flag and impressed to discover it had been flown over the Capitol on 12 June 1997 in honour and recognition of the Eigg comunity buy-out achievement. The flag was then presented to the isle of Eigg residents by Bob Giles, a descendant of Eigg emigrants in the late 18th century, who had organised for this to happen through petitioning his senator. Bob and his wife had also contributed to the campaign by organising fundrasing events in their home city of Detroit!
A film show of newsreels spanning the campaign (1994-7) was shown on Tuesday 16 August in St Columba's church and was very well attended. Documentary footage took many of us right back to those times and stimulated lively discussion about the events that took place during the campaign and the people who played a crucial in making it a success!
COMING SOON: our ONLINE WEBINAR on
"The power of the Eigg Story, yesterday and today" 7.30-8.30 pm, Wednesday 2d November 2022
with Alastair McIntosh, Andy Wightman and Lesley Riddoch!
All three authors have played a part in the Eigg buy out campaign and, looking back on what made it into such a success, will be discussing what is necessary today for other communities to succeed in acquiring land and follow in Eigg's footsteps!
You can register for this free event on Eventbrite
Click here to follow the progress of our event on the Voices of the Community Buy out Facebook page.