DIGITISATION OF 30-YEAR OLD GAELIC NEW TESTAMENT READING
Tape recordings of the Gaelic New Testament being read by members of a Lewis congregation around 30 years ago are to be digitised, cleaned up and preserved for all time, thanks to support from Point and Sandwick Trust (PST).
Bòrd na Gàidhlig awarded the project £3,200 from its Community Roots Support fund, and the community wind farm charity donated the remaining £1,800 needed. The project has been organised by David Murray, the session clerk to Garrabost Free Church.
The readings were done by members of the congregation of Knock Free Church, now merged with Garrabost Free Church, in the 1980s and recorded on a series of 17 tapes. The sound files will be made widely available online – and hopefully on CDs – once the digitisation project is complete.
Donald John MacSween, General Manager of Point and Sandwick Trust, said: ‘This is a project of immense cultural importance to our Gaelic community and the recordings, once digitised, will be of huge value to those Gaelic speakers who can no longer get out to church or who are unable to read their own Gaelic Bibles. These recordings are community treasures.’