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Human stories of Highland woodland
03 February 2015
Pictured here are intern Gavin Ward interviewing crofter Hamish 'Humpton' Matheson from Spinningdale, while Andrew Carnegie's great-grand-daughter Margaret Thomson and project audio tutor Anne Marie Goldie look on.
Gavin was one of seven interns trained in audio and photography skills for soundslide work on a nine-month project commissioned by Woodland Trust Scotland. Interns varied from youngsters looking for a job in heritage to highly skilled professionals in other fields.
The three digital stories told by the interns feature the hunt for a lost Carnegie log cabin in the woodland at Ledmore & Migdale; the impact of the Canadian Forestry Corps on local people during WWII; and the tradition of open-air workshop in the woods among Gaelic-speaking congregations after the Disruption in the mid-C19th.
The project was the culmination in a project which began life through an Interpretaction Community Engagement plan for Ledmore and Migdale woods four years ago. The plan helped WTS secure £80,000 funding for community engagement activities like this internship.
Long edits of the material recorded will be archived with Historylinks in Dornoch.