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Organiser : Alexander Carmichael: Collecting, Controversy, and Contexts Alasdair MacGilleMhìcheil: Cruinneachadh, Connspaid, agus Co-theacsaichean

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition


Unlocking the Celtic Collector: An Exhibition Celebrating the Life of Alexander Carmichael

The exihibition featured notebooks from the Carmichael Watson Collection, photographs and publications relating to Alexander Carmichael (1832-1912), folklorist, antiquarian and exciseman. The exhibition was available to the general public and was held in the exhibition space in Special Collections, on the 6th Floor of Edinburgh University's Main Library in George Square. A reception for attendees at the Carmichael Watson Project's conference and the launch of the project's website was held around the exhibition space thus increasing the exhibition's audience. The exhibition text was written by Dr Andrew Wiseman and Dr Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart and the exhibition materials were designed by Studio SP Ltd, Edinburgh. Exhibition support was provided by Jenni Gypaki and Andrew Grout.

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Alexander Carmichael: Collecting, Controversy, and Contexts Alasdair MacGilleMhìcheil: Cruinneachadh, Connspaid, agus Co-theacsaichean

Abbreviated titleCarmichael Watson Project Conference
Duration23 Jun 201124 Jun 2011
DescriptionA major interdisciplinary conference focusing on the life, career, and legacy of the great Hebridean folklorist, collector and author Alexander Carmichael (1832–1912) to celebrate the completion of the most recent phase of the Carmichael Watson Project at the Centre for Research Collections.

Among the themes considered at the conference were the Carmichael family; Alexander Carmichael's circle; Carmichael as collector of texts and objects; Carmichael and the environment; as well as folklore in the digital age.

The conference showcased the important work being done by younger scholars and independent scholars alike in shedding further light on Carmichael's achievements, on the controversies surrounding his work, and on the people, the history, the environment, and the culture of the nineteenth-century Hebrides.

The conference included the launch of the new Carmichael Watson Project website, giving access for the first time to fully indexed transcriptions of all of Alexander Carmichael's field notebooks, the 'holy grail' for Carmichael researchers for several decades. There was also a small exhibition of objects and images connected with Carmichael to accompany the conference.

Keynote Speakers included Professor William Gillies, Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh and Peter Burnhill Director of EDINA.

To close the conference a concert was held at St Cecilia's Hall featuring performances from acclaimed Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes and local choir Còisir Dhùn Èideann.
CountryUnited Kingdom
Degree of recognitionInternational event

Event: Conference

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