Memory Box Trial Begins with Sensory Themed Box

The team has been working hard to create a trial Memory Box to gain valuable community feedback to build upon and create a set of themed boxes to travel throughout the islands on the Mobile Library service.

The initial box focuses on sensory items with can support people with sensory needs and comes with a fantastic and typically Hebridean community spirit of collaboration. Harris Distillery have given us some wonderful, aromatic sugar kelp that has been dried to food grade for hygiene and other fragrant items in the box include their hand cream made from wild matter flowers and their aromatic leaf tea, which can be smelled or brewed to drink. It is quite peaty. There is a tub of Swarfega and a bar of Coal Tar Soap. An Lanntair Exhibitions and Festivals have inspired some of the items, to share the arts programme more widely into the community and local Gaelic speakers and performers have contributed to the Podcasts. Kathleen Milne at the Library has been generously advising and supporting with sharing these boxes across the wider Western Isles community.

Lights feature in a string of battery operated fairy lights, textures from some Harris Tweed ends, clay to mould with inspiration in the form of images from Katie Scarlett Howard’s Herring Girls Exhibition at An Lanntair. There are bubble guns, inspired by Peter Schrader’s How Big Can We Grow Exhibit last year, wax and watercolour painting equipment from Mhairi Hedderwicrk’s  Katie Morag illustrations and some Cyanotype alternative process photography paper, which can make images from sunlight, inspired by Mhairi & Pat Law’s An Lanntair exhibition with Coy &  Ian Stephen Eilean/Island.

Sounds come from our ten bilingual project podcasts on a CD, a CD and brochure of the recent Mhairi Killin and Hugh Watt Resoundings Exhibition and the Playlist for Life project can be enjoyed through the tablet computer, personal headphones and splitters provided.

There is a pdf notes for playlist for life for the Playlist for Life creation, as well as a notebook to offer feedback to the project, to enable us to develop the themed boxes for the next phase where we roll it out across the islands.

If you would like to book the trial box, please contact

Currently, it is making it’s way around settings in Stornoway, it will be heading to Harris on 8th August and will be in South Uist the week beginning 24th August.
In the near future, you will be able to book a themed box of your choice for your setting.


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