Museum & Archive

The Society is active in promoting the heritage and genealogy of the Kinloch area, by researching, recording and conserving the oral history, oral tradition, heritage, genealogy and culture of the area. 

The Society exhibits artefacts collected over the existence of the Historical Society, which depict life as it was in Kinloch in the early 20th century.



Our archives contain photographic and paper records along with donated artefacts.   Much has been gathered over the past three decades and among those artefacts, there is an impressive collection of military uniforms and militaria from the 19th century to the present day, and they, along with other artefacts, will be on display from time to time in our exhibition rooms.

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.

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