Tobar an Dualchais / Kist o Riches (TAD) has launched a new website which aims to enhance user engagement and ensure sustainable access to its content. The original website was launched in 2010 and featured songs, stories, customs, traditions and beliefs in Gaelic, Scots and English. An exclusive first view of the site was given to pupils from Sgoil Dhalabroig (Daliburgh School) in South Uist, a place which provided early collectors with some of their most valuable recordings.

New features on the website include transcriptions of Gaelic recordings, photographs and detailed biographies of some of the best-known contributors and fieldworkers, blog posts, and Gaelic-medium resources for schools and nurseries developed by TAD.

Alongside the front-end upgrade, there has been a parallel project developed and delivered by the University of Edinburgh, to migrate TAD’s data to the international archiving platform, ArchivesSpace. This move ensures there will be online access to the recordings and associated data for many years to come.

Commenting on the new site, Floraidh Forrest, Director of TAD said: “We are absolutely delighted that the new-look TAD website has gone live and that the children at Sgoil Dhalabroig were among the first to use it. It is attractive, engaging and user-friendly and we think it’ll draw new users to these precious recordings and enhance the experience for our current users.”