'We were invited into the kitchen, where we sat on a wooden bench under the window. Already at the door the close, peat-smelling warmth had met us and inside the kitchen it was very warm from the almost red-glowing stove where peat burned.'
In 1934, Sven T Kjellberg, Director of Goteborgs Historiska Museum, and his assistant, Olof Hasslof, travelled, mainly on bicycles, through the Outer Hebrides, from Lewis to Barra.
The field trip concentrated on the material culture of the area, particularly the buildings in which the people lived and the tools which they used.
They kept a diary and notebook which are given in translation here along with over 60 photographs and 43 sketches (never published before) of croft houses and interiors, as well as images and descriptions of cultivated fields, boats and fishing gear.
Together they proved a unique insight into island life at a point of transition.
Compiled and edited by Alexander Fenton with Mark A Mulhern
Hardback (printed paper case)
63 sepia photographs + 43 sketches
Published on behalf of the European Ethnological Research Centre (EERC) by NMS Enterprises Limited - Publishing
ISBN 978 1 905267 65 1