The Bute Digital Archive

The Bute Digital Archive project is based on the simple idea that folk memory is a fleeting thing that must be collected if it is to survive. Digital technology makes it easy and relatively cheap to assemble such a collection and the Bute Archive will gather together filmed interviews with some of the island's older and more prominent residents, video records of landmark events (Highland Games, Jazz Festival etc) and film and stills archives of the island's history.

movie iconAll of the material will be in digital format (CDs and DVDs) and will be publicly available in libraries and the Discovery Centre. A documentary based on the material gathered will be produced and exhibited in village halls and other venues. Here are some QuickTime™ movie clips from the material already produced for the archive.

Free-to-view Clips
  • Bute Highland Games 2005. Pipe bands warming up, including the Caledonian Pipes and Drums from Buffalo, New York. (2.3 MB .mov file)
  • Jimmy Reid. As part of the Bute Digital Archive, we interviewed one of the island's best-known residents. Jimmy Reid has lived in Rothesay since 1996. (2.2 MB .mov file)
  • Caledonian MacBrayne One of the skippers of the new ferry MV Bute is Graham Williamson. Here he talks about the new vessel and about his attitude to weekend sailors. (2.1 MB .mov file)
  • Margaret Currie Margaret Currie, born 1926, was evacuated to Bute when her family home in Glasgow was destroyed by a land mine. She has never looked back. (1.6 MB .mov file)
  • Jazz Festival The annual Bute Jazz Festival brings trad fans to the island from all over the country—and overseas. The parade is always led by local singer Jenny Brown. (3.5 MB .mov file)
  • Vintage Tractors Bute Vintage Club's regular display of vintage tractors (and a few cars and a bus). (4.1 MB .mov file)
  • 1962 Fire Harbourmaster Steven Neilson remembers the fire that destroyed the pier building in 1962. (1.5 MB .mov file)
For BSD Family History Society members only
  • Cattle are an important part of life on Bute. The nice-looking coos at the end are pedigree Simmentals. (2.9 MB .mov file)
  • Jenny & Phil Jenny Brown with Phil Mason and band at the opening concert of the 20th Jazz Festival. (3.5 MB .mov file)
  • Seals The seals at Scalpsie Bay. (1.9 MB .mov file)
  • Bute Highland Games 2005. Tossing the weight. Jim Parman, Texas, USA fails honourably. (2.1 MB .mov file)
  • Bute Highland Games 2005. Major General Graeme Lamb, chieftain of the Games, appreciates the efforts of young competitors. (file is 2.9MB)
  • PS Waverley PS Waverley steams into Rothesay Bay to pick up a cheerful cargo. (2 MB .mov file)
  • Rothesay Holidays 1921 A short clip of Rothesay in 1921 courtesy of the Scottish Screen Archive. (2.4 MB .mov file)
  • Rothesay Circa 1935 A short clip of a trip to Rothesay about 1935 courtesy of the Scottish Screen Archive (2.7 MB .mov file)
  • Trip to Rothesay 1956 Steamer trip to Rothesay in 1956 (3.8 MB .mov file)
  • King George V Jimmy Fisher telling a funny story about King George V (5.8 MB .mov file)
  • Homecoming Robert MacLellan describes an eventful journey home from the war. (4.1 MB .mov file)

The project is funded by a grant from Awards for All, part of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the archive is being produced by members of Bute Sons and Daughters. Suggestions from users of the website will be very welcome, use the contact page to get in touch.

Use the forums to let us know if you have any information that might be useful for the Digital Archive, can give some help, or if you have any questions.


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The Bute Digital Archive project is funded by a grant from Awards for All, part of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the archive is being produced by members of Bute Sons and Daughters. Suggestions from users of the website will be very welcome, use the form on the left to get in touch.


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