Heritage Centre

Proposed Flodigarry Heritage Centre

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Consultancy • Research’ Training

Urras Baile Fhlòdaigearraidh (Flodigarry Township Trust) was formed as a result of a centenary event held in August 2009 to celebrate 100 years of the development of Flodigarry Farm /Estate as a crofting estate. The township was created in the early twentieth century and given the name Dunan (Flodigarry) with a total of 14 crofts. These crofts were allocated to families from Digg , Glashphein, and Brogaig in 1909.
Twelve of the original fourteen families still live on and work their crofts in the township. The area is one of the few remaining locations on Skye where Gaelic is a “public” language. In addition the local heritage in terms of social history and music, together with all aspects of the environment represents a significant community asset.
Now, in 2011, we continue to face the challenge of changing times – smaller families, limited job opportunities and the lure of the city for young people. There is a great need for action to be taken at a local level, if Flodigarry and the other adjacent townships are to keep their Gaelic Language and Heritage alive.
It is with these thoughts in mind that Flodigarry Township Trust has decided that now is the time to establish a Community Heritage Centre in Flodigarry which would act as a focal point for the young and not so young, for residents of the wider Trotternish peninsula and for visitors to the area, and help retain young people in the area and to encourage them to keep the Gaelic Language alive and thriving.
A site for the proposed Heritage Centre has been identified and Alan Dickson of Rural Design, Dunvegan has drawn up a draft design for the Centre.
The local community has strong links with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI (Scotland’s Gaelic College), and would like to provide a complementary resource to the college in terms of a facility where Gaelic language students could experience the language in a “public” environment
The setting would, in addition, provide a venue for concerts and events linked to Fèis Throndairnis, a gallery and exhibition space, a café, facility for wedding receptions and other public events.
The idea is to create a Gaelic Community Heritage Centre and currently there are no equivalent initiatives in Skye. There is, however, a strong network of local institutions, businesses and voluntary groups that would be involved in the centre’s development.
The centre will be a community asset for the North of Skye sustaining and enhancing local social and economic development and acting as a community hub for theTrotternish peninsula for residents and visitors alike. It will also cement the links between Trotternish in the north of the island and Sleat in the south.
The trust has commissioned sbworks, partners Stuart & Roberta Brownlea t,o carry out a feasibility study for The Heritage Centre. Public meetings and consultations will take place from June onwards.