A conference in Balallan on Friday (September 28th) will look at Western Isles projects commemorating the impact of the First World War.

The First World War and The Western Isles: Projects, Funding and Reflection, is being co-hosted by Gateways to the First World War and Living Legacies 1914-18, together with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

University academics from Essex, Kent, Abertay and the University of the Highlands and Islands are among the speakers in a day which begins with reports on projects already underway in the islands.

Latest news from the Ar Dìleab project will be followed by a research presentation by the 'Visualising the Iolaire' project. This is a collaborative project between the universities of Abertay and Highlands and Islands and a number of Comunn Eachdraidh, exploring the collective memory of the impact of the disaster and taking the memory forward, to ensure its continuing relevance and to help with expanding knowledge of the tragedy.

Reflection on anniversary events planned alongside the centenary of the Iolaire disaster will form a main feature of the day. Another conference aim is to explain support on offer for projects seeking funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund's First World War: Then and Now grant, which closes in January 2019. A short film will be shown to explain the grant purpose and opportunities.

The conference is free to attend and will be at Balallan Old School between 10am and 4pm on Friday.