Ness Historical Society

Ness Historical society or Comunn Eachdraidh Nis

Ness Historical Society, or Comunn Eachdraidh Nis

is situated in the village of North Dell, Ness on the main A857.

Based in the former Cross Primary School it includes an accredited museum featuring displays on various aspects of island culture including crofting, wool working, the home and much more.

The Ness Historical society boasts a vast archive of photographs, documents and audio recordings as well as genealogical records for the whole North Lewis area.

Comunn Eachdraidh Nis archive holds many written records on local topics of interest including:

The Butt of Lewis Lighthouse
Duncan ‘Major’ Morrison
The history of local schools
Croft histories containing genealogical information on local families
The history of churches
Local poetry and poets
Information on WW1 and WW2
Merchant Navy
The Isle of Rona
Dun Eistean
Information on local archaeology
and much more.

The café is open from Tue to Fri 12-4pm and Sat from 11.30-3.30pm, however, hours may vary out of season.

Museum and archive opening hours are 10am – 4pm Mon-Fri.

There is also a small retail area selling books and locally made gifts. Visitors welcome.

Ness Historical Centre, North Dell, Ness Isle of Lewis Scotland HS2 0SN

Tel: 01851 810377. Email

Below, is a video taken before the recent renovations and upgrade.  It still shows the large amount of research material and recourses.

Ness Historical Centre

Ness Historical Centre before renovations

Ness Historical Centre

Before Ness Historical Society renovations

Ness Historical museum

Ness Historical Centre museum