Hebridean Project



In 1912 the first organiser of the Scottish Home Industries, Isabell Burton MacKenzie, visited the Outer Hebrides. In the second half of the 20th Century , Miss Winifred Shand, the last organiser toured the Isles for 27 years on her bicycle. The Vanishing Scotland Archive holds the primary  source material, which tells the story  through the diaries , scrapbooks, pictures and recordings of these 2 remarkable pioneering women.

Miss Shand with a home knitter in the Hebrides
Scottish Home Industries Sock Sample. c.1950

A Hebridean Journey

The Travel Diary of Isabell Burton Mackenzie will be published in Autumn 2020.

In 1912 the Highland Home Industries sent Isabell as their first ‘Organiser’, on a mission to the Western Isles of Scotland.

With her insight and pioneering spirit, she gives us a unique glimpse into the ways of the people, their dwellings, customs and beliefs, at a time when the World was turning and changing irrevocably.

The Highland Clearances are within Living memory, the shadow of World War 1 is looming and her diary reveals a vanishing world.

IBM portrait