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Hebridean conference will focus on emigration from the Islands

Posted by Editor On February - 19 - 2009

The Island Book Trust’s big event of 2009, to mark Scotland’s Year of Homecoming will be a three-day conference from Thursday September 10 to Saturday, September 12 at Leverburgh Community Hall in South Harris.


This year’s conference will focus on the families who left the Outer Hebrides over the last 250 years for places such as Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Patagonia.


The event will bring together speakers, local people and visitors, and as well as the formal programme will include films of emigration, an exhibition of emigration by genealogist Bill Lawson, with visits to places in Harris where emigrants left to travel to a new life.


The keynote address to start the conference will be given by Professor Tom Devine of Edinburgh University, an eminent authority on Scottish emigration.  He will be followed by an array of other speakers covering different aspects of Hebridean emigration.   


For more about the conference log on to: www.theislandsbooktrust.com

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