Sven T Kjellberg, Director of Goteborgs Historiska Museum (now called the Goteborgs Stadsmuseum), and his assistant Olof Hasslof travelled through the islands of the Outer Hebrides in 1934 for research into the maritime culture of the area, with the emphasis on material culture - the boats, the tools of the trade. Renowned ethnologist Professor Emeritus Alexander Fenton presents the research with additional material of his own. A key feature of the book are the 80 sepia photographs and 35 line drawings published here for the first time.
Professor Emeritus Alexander Fenton CBE has been Director of the School of Scottish Studies in the University of Edinburgh, and of the European Ethnological Research Centre for which he is now a consultant. He is acknowledged as Scotland's leading expert on rural life.
SECTION 1 Introduction Landscape and Land Use Cultural Connections of the Outer Hebrides Scandinavian Scholars in the Outer Hebrides Aage Roussell Gudmund Hatt Ake Campbell Jens Worsaae British Scholars in the Outer Hebrides Captain F W L Thomas (Sir) Arthur Mitchell E Cecil Curwen Preserving a Blackhouse: 14a Callanish The Blackhouse: its Features and Terminology Hand Tools Blackhouse Furniture SECTION 2 Diary and Notes by Sven T Kjellberg and Olof Hasslof, 1934, translated from Swedish. SECTION 3 A Century of Change, 1840s - 1934 Buildings and Structural Features The Kelp Industry Cropping and Stocking Lug-marks Boats and Fishing Conclusion Appendix 1: List of Photographs taken in the Outer Hebrides by Sven T Kjellberg and Olof Hasslof.