“Sharing stories is part of the lived experience of communities, past, present, and future.” Professor Donna Heddle
The Herring Lassies of Scotland were a ‘threat’ to the norms of the day where women were expected to be quiet, work in the home and certainly not travel about. They ‘took the power to themselves’ explained Professor Heddle and ‘chose a voice for themselves’.
They had a language that was sophisticated and culturally diverse. They defied the social norms of their day and were a crucial workforce.
Monday evening saw the official launch of The Institute for Northern Studies and the beginning of the 4th International St Magnus Conference at the Town Hall in Kirkwall.