Scottish Parliament exhibition 'Moving Stories' opens in Benbecula


A travelling exhibition exploring ten people’s experiences of interacting with the Scottish Parliament will open in Museum nan Eilean, Sgoil Lionacleit, Benbecula on Tuesday 15 June.

The exhibition includes the story of John Macleod, a native Gaelic speaker originally from Carloway on the Isle of Lewis, who successfully campaigned for new initiatives to support the future of the Gaelic language.

This updated version of the interactive exhibition, which toured 1,330 miles around Scotland during 2009, combines photography, objects and audio-visual material exploring ten people’s experiences of interacting with the Scottish Parliament over the first ten years of devolution.

To mark the exhibition coming to Benbecula, the Presiding Officer, Alex Fergusson MSP, will also be hosting a reception at the Museum nan Eilean on Wednesday 7 July from 6.30pm to 8.00pm.

Speaking ahead of the reception, the Presiding Officer said: “It’s wonderful that more than 100,000 people have already had the opportunity to see the ‘Moving Stories’ exhibition as it has toured around Scotland. The updated exhibition explains how the stories of the ten people featured have moved on since they first became involved with the Scottish Parliament.”

“There has been a fantastic public response to this exhibition so far and I hope our run in Benbecula will inspire even more people to use the Scottish Parliament as a positive force for change in their lives and communities.”

Local media are invited to attend the reception, which will take place at 6.30pm on Wednesday 7 July in the museum. The Presiding Officer will be available for interviews and photography. Photographs of the event will be available on request from the Scottish Parliament’s Media Relations Office (Andrew Cowan, 0131 348 5878).

Museum nan Eilean will host the exhibition from Tuesday 15 June to Friday 30 July.

After that the exhibition moves to Museum nan Eilean, Stornoway, where it will be open from Tuesday 3 to Tuesday 31 August before it visits communities across Scotland including other locations in Greenock and the Scottish Borders.

Other confirmed venues so far for the ‘Moving Stories’ exhibition tour programme in 2010 -11:

• Museum nan Eilean, Stornoway - 3 August to 31 August
• Greenock Central Library - 4 September to 29 September
• Elgin Library - 2 October to 22 October
• Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura - 28 October to 30 November

You can now get in touch with the Parliament by text message. Our interactive service enables you to get the name of your MSP by sending your postcode, lets you ask questions about the Parliament and its work, and enables you to request a selection of free leaflets. The number to take advantage of is 07786 209888. Texts are charged at standard network rates. More details can be found on our Text Service page.

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