Working class weddings under spotlight in Portree

A team of researchers from the University of Glasgow are visiting five locations in Scotland, including Skye, as part of a project into the History of Working-Class Marriage in Scotland since 1855.

Earlier this year, they put out a nationwide call for members of the public to send in wedding and family images from their own family albums. Some of the results of this can now be seen on the project webpage www.workingclassmarriage.gla.ac.uk/photographs.

Many people have generously sent in their personal photographs, dating from the 1880s through to the 1970s, and these images provide a window into the fashions and manners of the time, as well as the social customs.

Researcher, Andrea Thomson has already begun conducting oral history interviews with people in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Perthshire, East Ayrshire and Aberdeen, and the team are keen to broaden their scope to make their research illustrative of Scottish history and traditions as a whole.

When the team visit the Aros Centre, Portree this Saturday (13th September) they will hold two talks discussing findings so far (at 11am and 2pm), and will be available throughout the day to talk about the project informally (10am to 4pm). The team are also inviting people to bring along their photos and marriage ephemera, and to contribute their own memories to a ‘Memory Box’.

Those who are interested can also find out how to participate in the oral history part of the project; the project researchers will be on Skye for several days (13-16 September 2014) in order to conduct interviews with participants. More information from Andrea Thomson on 0141 330 8118 or at andrea.thomson@glasgow.ac.uk.