Bute history treasure trove released online

The Transactions of the Buteshire Natural History Society, dating back to 1908, have been made available in electronic form.
The Transactions of the Buteshire Natural History Society, dating back to 1908, have been made available in electronic form.

A hundred years of Bute’s natural and human heritage has been made available online for the first time.

The Transactions of the Buteshire Natural History Society run to 27 volumes, from 1908 to 2008, and offer a wide variety of downloadable papers on the island’s history - a great gree Christmas present for all sorts of fans of Bute!

The papers reflect the diverse nature of the society over time and are sure to be fascinating for anyone interested in learning more about the island, as well as being a valuable learning resource for schools and universities.

Paul Duffy from Brandanii Archaeology and Heritage, which led the project, said: “The digitisation and online publication of the Transactions was a key ambition which arose from the Archaeological Research Framework for Bute as part of the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme.

“Both local people and academics from all over the UK were keen to see access to the journal widened and I’m delighted that we have been able to work with the BNHS to make this happen.”

Glyn Collis, who coordinated the BNHS side of the project, said: “The Buteshire Natural History Society and Bute Museum are delighted that the contents of the Society’s Transactions, going back to 1908, are to made available online.

“There are many articles of great interest covering not only the history and archaeology of the island but also its natural history – plants, animals and geology.

Many of the articles relate to exhibits in Bute Museum. The Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme, Brandanii Archaeology, and Paul Duffy are to be congratulated for bringing this about.”

The Transactions are now available at www.discoverbutearchaeology.co.uk - a full index of their contents will follow soon.