The coast of the Isle of Skye holds and records the memories of multiple generations. Collective Coast portrays our changing relationship with the waters around the island. By gathering knowledge from residents past and present, CLIMAVORE hopes to deepen, preserve and widen the island’s coastal heritage to envision new futures.
Personal stories, memories, recipes, songs, experiences of gathering seaweeds and shells, folklore and traditions are key knowledge for a shared understanding of what the coast once was and what it can be.
These memories, documents and stories will be the foundation of the project’s larger aim to create a permanent coastal heritage centre in Skye, promoting education; historical and scientific research of coastal ecologies of the island - learning from the past and envisioning the future.
It is our ambition to rethink ways of working with, on and along the coast and waters. An understanding of how the coast has been transformed over the centuries can allow us to consider more local coastal foods that regenerate the environment they operate in, support collective efforts towards the creation of the tidal commons, build new circular and alternative economies, and create long-term employment opportunities for young people.
This page brings together some films, archival audio and images to inspire you to think about this and in turn share some of your own stories and hopes for Skye’s coastal future. You can share your thoughts here.
Here you can listen to the launch of Collective Coast on Radio Skye:
FILM: We’ve selected some videos that relate to coastal heritage, why not watch them to see if they remind you of any personal memories? You could share them with relatives young and old to see what they think has changed in how we relate to the sea using this link. All videos courtesy of National Library of Scotland, Moving Image Archive
PHOTOGRAPHS: Here’s a selection of photographs and postcards relating to the coastal heritage of Skye. Do you remember collecting seaweed - or do you still? How did you know where to go and when? What did you make with it? Skye and Portree and around Bayfield used to be important in the salmon industry. Do you have any memories relating to this or the ice house on the harbour? Share your own stories with us using this link.
SOUND: Delve into the past with these oral history recordings. What do they make you think of? Share your own stories with us using this link. All audio courtesy of Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches archive.