KHS is now situated in the old school at Balallan which has been developed as a community hub and offers a wide range of services. Among these are two museum rooms, an archive, a heritage store and workshop, conference space, and a launderette.
The old schoolhouse has been developed with five office spaces which can be leased. Also, on the site is a new purpose- built building which houses the Charity Shop.
The school which was first used in 1879 has been redeveloped to suit present day needs and as such is the principal meeting place at the heart of the community.
The Society publishes books which are significant to the history, heritage & culture of the area. These include a comprehensive genealogical record of the Kinloch area dating from the 1790’s, entitled Gleanings. Sadly, this is now out of print, but is available for purchase as a PDF copy. We produce a bi-annual magazine – Dioghlum. This has been published continuously since 1993.
We work in partnership with Universities and other bodies on specific projects. Presently we are involved on the Clan Mackenzie/Seaforths Project with Clan Mackenzie, UHI and the Royal Regiment of Scotland. This involves researching the history of the Mackenzie’s who came to Lewis in 1610 and shortly afterwards established a stronghold in our locality at Loch Seaforth – and thereafter created the Seaforth Regiment.
The Kinloch Community Hub, managed by the Kinloch Historical Society, was formally opened by HRH the Princess Royal on Wednesday 2nd October 2019. The hub not only caters for the local community but is also a unique visitor attraction in its own right as it houses the Historical Societies Museum and Archive, launderette, Charity Shop and Meeting Space.
The project was part-funded by:
Chairperson: Iain Martin
Vice Chairperson: Magaidh Smith
Secretary: Kara Smith
Treasurer: Sandra Macdonald
Assistant Treasurer: Adele Wright
Minute Secretary: Jan Gold
Committee Member: Joan Macdonald
Committee Member: K. H. Macaulay
Committee Member: Joan Macinnes
Committee Member: Donna Graysmith
Committee Member: Juliette Desportes
Committee Member: Annie Macdonald
Co-opted Member: David Maciver
Co-opted Member: Donald Macaulay