Comunn Eachdraidh Nis (CEN) was established in 1977 when the need for a facility to collect and preserve local history was realised.
Minutes from the first meeting read:
“29th June 1977
Four members of the community met this evening to discuss what can be done to collect and preserve the history of the area. It was agreed that use should be made of the ‘Job Creation’ programme and, since applications need to be put forward in the next few days, it was agreed to put together a proposed project. The project will aim to collect old books, photographs, poetry, songs, fishing history along with church and school history. It was also agreed that a board/society should be formed to help steer the project…”
A team was gathered and employed through the Job Creation scheme. They began by visiting homes with their trusty recorders. Little by little, interest in the Comunn Eachdraidh grew and it became obvious that there was a want and need for such a group in the community.
CEN has come a very long way since those early days. We now house an accredited museum, local history archive and many genealogical records for the North Lewis area. The archive has been carefully collected and maintained by our dedicated staff, volunteers and supporters for over 40 years. The newly refurbished centre also offers a cafe and gift shop supporting local producers.
Exhibitions vary throughout the year.
The centre is open Monday to Saturday, midday to 4pm.
Tel: 01851 810 377
Find us on Facebook, Instagram (@comunneachdraidhnis)
Comunn Eachdraidh Nis is more than just a historical society – it is a community hub for North Lewis.