Na Dorsan

Na Dorsan

The exhibition entitled ‘na Dorsan’ charts the history of Galson from prehistory to community buyout in 2007. It will showcase Iron Age and Viking artefacts discovered on the Galson coastline - on loan from National Museums Scotland and Museum nan Eilean, Stornoway.

The launch of ‘na Dorsan’ is the first in a series of events to commemorate the centenary of the re-settling of Galson in 1924.  The events are the result of a collaboration with Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn, Airidhantuim Community Council, Galson Grazings Committee, National Museums of Scotland, and Museum nan Eilean. This will culminate in the unveiling, by Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn, of a stone monument named 'na Dorsan' in the Autumn of 2024. The exhibition was opened by Agnes Rennie, Chairperson of Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn.


People have settled around Galson for thousands of years. Clues to the area’s prehistory survive in the form of objects found in excavations or as chance discoveries. These will be used to weave a story from the first farmers in the area, some 6000 years ago, through to the area’s contacts with the Viking world.

Dr Fraser Hunter, who is responsible for the Iron Age and Roman collections at National Museums Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to collaborate with Comunn Eachdraidh Nis on this display to reveal a fascinating selection of finds from Galson’s deep past. These objects help us to understand how people have lived and thrived in this area for thousands of years. It’s been a real voyage of discovery for us in selecting material for display, and we hope visitors to the exhibition will find it equally engrossing.”


We are grateful to our funders: The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn for supporting this project and to National Museums Scotland and Museum nan Eilean for agreeing to loan these beautiful artefacts to Comunn Eachdraidh Nis.

The exhibition will run until March 2025.


For more information:

Anne Macleod

Comunn Eachdraidh Nis