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Step back in time for UHI history students as delve into the archive yields info for trailblazing Highland castle project

By Imogen James

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Hugh Gosling.
Hugh Gosling.

HISTORY students from the University of the Highlands and Islands have completed four different projects on areas of the region.

They were tasked with the research by High Life Highland as part of its Spirit of the Highlands project ongoing at Inverness Castle and used local archives to find information.

Hugh Gosling, a second-year student, focused on the Bealach na Ba leading to Applecross and on Highlanders, heritage and the potato crop.

He said: “When I saw the call for volunteers I jumped at the chance. From the first time I visited the Highlands and every day since, I feel the spirit of the Highlands everywhere, and I think it’s a fantastic idea to focus on this aspect of what is a very special place. The redevelopment of Inverness Castle looks amazing.”

Janet Bryer.
Janet Bryer.

Janet Bryer, another student, added: “I was enthusiastic about getting involved in the Spirit of the Highlands project having been on a tour of Inverness Castle.”

She added: “Visiting the archives has given me the chance to reflect on how the history of the Highlands and Islands can be curated to the benefit of all. In turn, this is already reflecting back into my studies.”

The Spirit of the Highlands project is still seeking stories from anyone across the Highlands to include in Spirit: Autobiography.

For more information, visit www.spiritofthehighlands.com

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