An event celebrating the history of Highland Hospice was held in the Highland Archive Centre on the afternoon of Friday 8th November.
This event, open to the public, saw the fruits of a Highland-wide search conducted by the Hospice and High Life Highland’s Highland Archive Centre, for documents and materials which help to tell the story of the Hospice from its 1980s origins until the present day.
Led by retired archivist Colin Waller and Highland Hospice co-founder Cecilia Bottomley, the Archive Project resulted in many materials being submitted. These will now be held as the Highland Hospice Community Archive for years to come, within the Highland Archive Centre.
Colin Waller said, “Highland Hospice is a true pioneer with regard to the palliative care treatment and range of services it provides and how it cascades these services Highland-wide -particularly into remote rural areas. I recognised clear historic parallels between the Hospice and other significant institutions such as Highlands & Islands Medical Service and Craig Dunain Hospital. I am therefore delighted that we have tracked these documents to keep as a record of its journey from an idea into existence and beyond.”
Cecilia Bottomley said, “Huge thanks to everyone who contributed to this project, in particular Colin and the group of volunteers who saw it through from beginning to end.”
“The Hospice came about as the result of community spirit and ongoing public support and it is fascinating to see its journey in the form of this Community Archive.”