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Cladaichean to Laebraks

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This project has now been completed and we would like to thank everyone who has taken part and contributed. The results of this project will be made available in due course. Please scroll down this page to find out more about this project and how it has been funded. Click the PDF icon to download the report summary.

About  this Project

Moder Dy CIC teamed up with MSDS Marine (Scotland) along with other archaeologists, archivists and local history societies in Shetland and Skye to deliver an innovative Scottish islands community maritime and coastal heritage project. To reflect this Scottish inter-island theme we called our project Cladaichean to Laebraks, which means shore to surf breaks in Gaelic and Shaetlan.


In Shetland we have been working with Shetland Museum and Archives, Archaeology Shetland, Ability Shetland, the Moving on Employment Project and local artist Christina Inkster. Whilst in Skye, our partner MSDS Marine (Scotland) has been working with the Museum of the Isles, Sleat Local History Society, and the Skye and Lochalsh Access Panel.


This project has brought communities together to research the maritime and coastal heritage of Shetland and Skye through a series of events we have run this summer (These completed events are listed below in light grey) . These relaxed and friendly events have all been free of charge and were designed to provide greater insight into our local maritime and coastal heritage whilst teaching people some simple survey and archive research techniques. The final part of this project was to provide three pop-up displays.

How this project was funded

Our project is part of Historic England and Historic Environment Scotland's research pilot called the Outreach to Ownership Programme funded by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). MSDS Marine (Scotland) and Moder Dy are one of five UK wide projects being hosted under this Outreach to Ownership programme.

Pop-up displays

Come and say hello, see the results of the events we have held this summer, and admire the art piece created by Shetland artist Christina Inkster.  Have a chat with Esther and Marc, and share stories about Shetland's maritime past. 

Dates and Venues

Saturday 13th August 10am-4pm, Toll Clock shopping centre, Lerwick

Saturday 20th August 10am-4pm, Easthouse Croft House, Duncansclate, Burra 

Saturday 27th August 10am-3pm, Speldiburn, Bressay

Mapping your islands

An introduction to using Geographic Information Services (GIS) to investigate and map your local area. This talk will show you how to use freely available GIS software and data (including seabed mapping, geological and archaeological data) to make maps and record information about your area. This will be an online talk presented by Sally from MSDS Marine and will be available to participants based in both Skye and Shetland.



Friday 10th June 2-4pm

Saturday 11th June 6-8pm

Email to book your place.

If you can’t make these dates, but would still like to learn how to use GIS then please get in touch with Sally to let her know, as there will be opportunities to run more sessions if there is interest!

Burra Coastal Survey

Join Esther and Marc from Moder Dy to explore and survey a section of the Burra coastline. We will teach you basic survey skills and recording techniques whilst walking and enjoying the beautiful coastline of Burra.



Saturday 18th June 10am-3pm (Postponed due to COVID illness)

NEW Date - Saturday 9th July  10am-3pm 

Email to book your place.

Introduction to Archive Research Workshops

Following on from the coastal survey why not join archivist Brian Smith and Marc from Moder Dy and delve into the Shetland Archives to see what we can find out about the people who lived and worked near the sites we have surveyed. These hands on engaging workshops will take place in July, and they will introduce you to the wonderful world of archive research.



Wednesday 20th July 2pm-4pm

Wednesday 27th July 2pm-4pm *FULLY BOOKED*

Wednesday 3rd August 2pm-4pm *FULLY BOOKED*

Email to book your place.


Online Archive Research Workshops

Join archivist Linda Spence and delve into historical records for maritime and coastal activities on Skye and learn how to use the Museum of the Isles Archives


Monday 20th June 7pm-8pm

Email to book your place.

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