An Iodhlann is the historical centre on the island of Tiree. An Iodhlann, pronounced ‘an-ee-lun’, is Gaelic for the stackyard where the harvest is stored www.aniodhlann.org.uk.
We began collecting in about 1995, then quickly realised that we would need somewhere new to store and display everything. The Reading Room (re-named An Iodhlann) was purchased, restored and extended. Since 1995 we have been collecting material about Tiree – old letters, emigrant lists, maps, reports, photographs, stories and songs. Stretching from the 3,000 million year old Lewisian gneiss which provides the bedrock of the island to last week’s cattle sale prices, we now cover almost everything about the island, its people and the wider diaspora in our 12,000 item collection.
The centre is staffed by a part-time Archive Manager and a part-time Archive Assistant. Around 15 local volunteers make up the Management Committee, and, in the summer, a further seven help us keep the centre open to visitors Mon-Fri. Around 150 members receive our members’ newsletter Sìl Eòlais, and help to support our work. We also provide a genealogy service to those researching their Tiree ancestry.