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Collection IN4/1 - Barra School Board / District Education Sub-Committee, Barra

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GB3002 IN4/1


Barra School Board / District Education Sub-Committee, Barra


  • 1872-1966 (Creation)

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22 volumes

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Name of creator

Barra School Board (1873-1919)

Administrative history

The School Board of Barra was established in 1873. Prior to 1872, parishes could establish schools but this was not enforced. The Gaelic Society of Scotland and the Scottish Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge were active in the Western Isles setting up temporary or travelling schools.
From 1872, the state assumed complete responsibility for education. The Barra School Board was established in 1872 answerable to the Board of Education and later the Scottish Education Department. The Board consisted of elected members and was responsible for providing education for all children in the area funded from a parliamentary grant and local rates. School attendance was compulsory except in cases of illness or where the school was more than three miles from home. Fees were payable, but if the parents were unable to pay the Barra Parochial Board / Parish Council met the cost from poor relief until fees were abolished in 1889/1894. The Board was also responsible for the medical inspection of children.

The following schools fell under the control of the board:

• Castlebay
• Craigston
• Eoligarry
• Grean
• Mingulay
• Northbay
• Vatersay

The Education Act of 1918 abolished Barra School Board, creating Barra School Management Committee which was responsible to the Inverness-shire Education Authority, a body separate to the County Council. This in turn was responsible to the Scottish Education Department. These committees consisted of parents and teachers as well as representatives from the Education Authority.

The Local Government Act 1929 incorporated Inverness-shire Education Authority into Inverness-shire County Council with local management of schools falling to the Barra Education District Sub-Committee. Local government reorganisation in 1975 saw the abolition of the Barra Education District Sub-Committee, its responsibilities being taken over by the education Committee of Comhairle nan Eilean (Western Isles Islands Council).

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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Internal transfer from Museum nan Eilean (Accn 2011-13)

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Scope and content

Minute books 1888-1949; letter books and correspondence 1890-1911; schedules of enquiry and attendance 1892-1915; Inspectors' reports 1900-1915; abstract books 1892-1914; cash books 1873-1914; ledgers 1899-1912; postage books 1950-1966

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Arranged into series. Within series, items are arranged chronologically.

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Open. Some material may be subject to closure periods of 100 years fromt he final date in a volume to protect personal privacy of living individuals.

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  • English

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Paper volumes

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Digital and manual item level list available in searchroom of Tasglann nan Eilean Siar

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