Tag Archives: Hirta

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 […]

…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!

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 […]

Roll Up Roll Up – Alice is giving a seminar lecture on Jan 25th!

Yes friends it’s true! On Wednesday 25th January I’ll be giving the weekly departmental seminar between 4 and 5pm. The seminars are held in the lecture theatre in the archaeology department (Room 109, Gregory Building, University of Glasgow, Lilybank Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8QQ). My paper is entitled “Visualisation and the Interpretive Process: An Investigation into the Practice of Archaeological […]

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 […]

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 […]

Scanning on the Edge of the World

Well, first of all my apologies for taking my time to fill you all in on the last week of scanning on St Kilda! By the second week the thought of carrying my laptop down to the Factors House to use the internet after heaving scanners up hills, over streams and through muddy, sheep infested […]

First Days on St Kilda

We left Glasgow on Friday on a tiny plane bound for Stornoway, and arrived in Leverburgh on Harris that evening. Angus had hoped to take us out on the boat that same night, but the weather had turned again so we had to wait until the following morning. After a night in the eclectic Bunkhouse […]

St Kilda Trip Packing: aka Suncream and Wooly Hats

Well, the Historic Scotland van has been packed full of scanning equipment, camping gear and enough chocolate biscuits to keep us going on a remote island for two weeks. Only in Scotland would you need to pack suncream AND thermal pajamas! The team are ready to leave for Leverburgh on Harris tomorrow, some of us are flying, others will […]