Category St Kilda Reconstruction

Re-visiting the St Kilda blackhouse for a revamped reconstruction.

Open Virtual Worlds: St Kilda

I’ve recently been working with the University of St Andrews as a research assistant on their Open Virtual Worlds project. Their research team have been developing an interactive virtual model of the village on Hirte for the Taigh Chearsabhagh museum and arts centre on North Uist as part of their St Kilda exhibition. As some of you might […]

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…I Know the Blackhouse is Supposed to be Smokey But…

Just thought I’d post a lightened version for all those folks who have said “Uhh…its a bit dark?” :) Click on the image to see a much larger version!

Catching up on the Past Few Weeks

Well it’s been a busy few weeks and I’ve only just had chance to sit down and update the blog! Over the past few weeks I’ve been catching up on some writing and running backwards and forwards to various meetings, but last Wednesday I found time to spend the day through at Historic Scotland’s conservation […]

St Kilda Ranger’s Diary

This week I was invited to write an entry for the National Trust for Scotland’s St Kilda Ranger’s Diary by the lovely Gina Prior with whom the Scottish Ten team shared many a beer in the Puff Inn last summer! You can read the full article here. Here’s a sneak peak at the blackhouse in […]

Modelling the St Kilda Blackhouse Vol II

 This week I’ve had a rush on finishing up my paper for next Wednesdays’ archaeology seminar at Glasgow Uni where I’ll be talking about the St Kilda blackhouse for the first time. When I get to this stage with a model I always feel like I want to do more, but for the meantime I’m […]

Modelling the St Kilda Blackhouse

As the weather continues to get more wintry here in Glasgow (not helped by the DDS heating having been broken all week!) I’ve been imagining life inside my model of a cosy St Kildan blackhouse… Basic model of Blackhouse G on St Kilda After the ‘gable-ends fiasco’ last week I decided the best course of […]

A cleit with a blackhouse-style thatched roof, note the curved ends (Flemming 2005, 93 - Although this is a cleit, you will have to trust me that the blackhouse roofs looked exactly the same, unfortunately I can't publish the images I have as they are unpublished and copyrighted!)

Why the St Kildans have a lot to answer for!

This week I began the early stages of the reconstruction process for Blackhouse G on St Kilda. I chose this particular blackhouse after studying some of the early plans made by visitors to the archipelago in the early to mid 19th centuary. One plan identified this particular structure as having a ‘crub’ or wall bed […]

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