I made this film as part of a module on ‘Creative Re-use of Archive Material’, during the Masters in Art and Archaeology, offered through the University of the Highlands and Islands. I made it, thinking about my Gran’s life, growing up on North Ronaldsay, and then, marrying a lighthousekeeper, and moving to live and bring up a family in all kinds of remote places. She was a most intelligent, practical and resourceful woman, and also very creative. She lived for over a hundred years, and was the strong hub of the family. As I grew up, hearing all kinds of stories involving lighthouses, I also wondered where she might go in her imagination.
This page is part of Coastal Knowledge, an online exhibition mapping some of the amazing places on the coast of Scotland. It includes pictures, memories, artworks, stories and videos submitted by a variety of people including scientists, artists, coastal dwellers, tourists, and community organisations. We want to share the beauty of the Scottish coast, but also its vital role in the day-to-day lives of people in Scotland- for example, its many industrial roles.
This exhibition is dynamic and ongoing- and we’d love for you to share contributions for it too! To learn more and submit your own coastal knowledge, visit the main page of the exhibition.