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20 Feb 2019

The beauty of Barra

Written by Lily Barnes - Morton Documentation and Digitisation Officer
A black and white photograph of a group of wooden boats on a sandy beach in a bay on Barra.
Wooden boats on a sandy beach on Barra – a few lobster creels are visible on the sand at the centre (taken by Margaret Fay Shaw c1931–36, © National Trust for Scotland, Canna House)
Margaret Fay Shaw and John Lorne Campbell lived on Barra from 1935–38. During that time, Margaret captured many captivating views of the island’s coastal landscapes, along with the people who lived and worked there.

Leugh an sgeulachd seo anns a’ Ghàidhlig

The Morton Charitable Trust has been funding fieldwork on the National Trust for Scotland’s photographic collections since 2014. In 2018–19, this work will further raise the profile of the collections through research, articles, talks and dedicated projects. The project will also involve the digitisation of the Margaret Fay Shaw photographic archive of mid-20th-century Hebridean life, leading to an updated database with high-quality images.

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