Lighthouse Lives

Lighthouse beam at North Ronaldsay

Lighthouse Lives is a film commissioned by the Northern Lighthouse Heritage Trust and is the culmination of a 9 year oral history project, in partnership with the School of Scottish Studies Archives.

Historian and storyteller Erin Farley recorded the testimony and stories of the men and women who worked for the Northern Lighthouse Board through a time of transition from manned to automated lighthouses.

Resonant voices and visual imagery give an authentic glimpse of lives lived against a backdrop of unusual circumstance. What was life actually like for the Keepers and their families working in the service of the Northern Lighthouse Board? We are now at an exciting stage of the project where the film is on tour around various venues in Scotland.

Thank you to Erin Farley, and film makers Martine Robertson and Colin Gately for making this happen and for creating such a wonderful, emotional and thought provoking film.

Lighthouse Lives on Tour. Please contact the individual venues for details and tickets:

14 November – Cockenzie and Port Seton Local History Society 

18 November – Rockfield Centre, Oban

19 November – Lismore Heritage Centre

Past events

8 June – Gairloch Museum

9 June – Ullapool Museum

22 June – Shetland Museum and Archives. Author Donald S Murray will be reading from his book ‘For the Safety of All’

26 June –  Unst Heritage Centre

28 June – Bressay Development Group 

1 August – Birks Cinema

19 & 20 August – Museum of Scottish Lighthouses 

31 August – Arbroath Signal Tower Museum

15 September – Breasclete Community Centre, Lewis

18 October – Mull of Galloway Trust

24 October – North Berwick Coastal Communities Museum 

For all media enquiries, please contact:

Fiona Holmes
Communications Officer
T: 0131 473 3100
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