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If you have ever wondered how the celebrated Tilley lamp actually worked, and what it was like to spend your evening spinning in its gentle light, Kinloch Historical Society is the place to be this month.

On Tuesday (7 February) the first of the month’s historical talks and demonstrations will be a practical introduction to the Tilley lamp, which has been bringing kerosene light to island homes and byres for over 100 years.

It’s part of a programme at the Kinloch Community Hub in Balallan, which continues on Friday (10 February) with a hands-on wool spinning and dyeing session.

Later in the month, reminiscence about schooldays at Knockiandue school and a talk on Lewis in the 18th century will bring history to life.

And if you’d like to continue getting your hands on history and traditional crafts, there are two ways you can join in.

A regular Kinloch crafters group meets on Wednesdays from 10am, with crochet, knitting, patchwork and dressmaking among the crafts brought together for a sociable morning.

And Monday nights are volunteer nights, where new volunteers are always welcome to help record, measure, photograph and wrap items from the archive collection.

To get involved call 01851 830778.

You can follow what’s going on with the historical society on their Facebook page at or on their website at

Pictures of traditional spinning technology from Kinloch Historical Society.