Ness Historical Society


Cross School, the home of Ness Historical Society


Ness Historical Society was established in 1977. Its mission is to to preserve and promote the history, language, culture and heritage of the Ness to Ballantrushal area for the benefit of the local community, its visitors and future generations.

In December 2010 the Society became an accredited museum and in November 2011 they moved from their home in Habost to the former Cross Primary School.

Publications produced by the Society include a local phone book that included people's patronymics and their quarterly magazine Criomagan.  The Society runs an active programme of events and exhibitions.

Archive collections

  • Croft histories including photographs and genealogies
  • Archive subject files on crofting, war, fishing, boats and other local topics
  • Records of Taigh Dhonnchaidh, music and arts centre
  • Records of Ness Hall, community hall
  • Records of Cross School
  • Personal papers of local families and individuals
  • Records of Ness Funeral Fund
  • Oral history collection


Museum/archive address

Old Cross School, Cross, Ness, Isle of Lewis

Opening times



Anne Macleod


01851 810 377





Geographic coverage Eoropie, Fivepenny, Knockaird, Port of Ness, Skigersta, Adabrock, Lionel, Habost, Swainbost, Cross, North Dell, South Dell, Galson, Borve, Borve (Melbost), Shader, Ballantrushal


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