Lews Castle College UHI and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are delighted to announce the appointment of Peel Interactive to the Uist Virtual Archaeology Project.

Peel Interactive will create a digital App containing Augmented Reality reconstructions, and mixed-media exhibitions which will showcase seven archaeological sites along the Hebridean Way in Uist and Benbecula.

Peel Interactive bring with them a wealth of experience in the development of immersive digital experiences for the heritage and tourism sector, many of which have focused on remote and rural locations. Recent projects include the Wales Coast Path App and the Flow Country ‘Flows to the Future’ project.

The teams will work together with schools and other community groups to create realistic and immersive reconstructions, which will be informed by archaeological data gathered during various excavations. The first site to be reconstructed and animated in 3D will be the Bronze Age roundhouses and mummified remains at Cladh Hallan, South Uist which date to around 1500BC. The reconstructions will allow visitors to explore these sites, peel back layers and gain valuable interpretive insight that has never been possible before. This method of interpreting the landscape is really ground-breaking as visitors to the area will be able to see these reconstructions, through AR, sat  within the landscape which will bring new context and meaning.

The project is led by Dr Emily Gal and Dr Rebecca Rennell, Lews Castle College UHI Archaeological staff, in collaboration with the CnES Heritage Service and community stakeholders. Project Coordinator Dr Emily Gal said, “We are really excited to work with such an innovative and enthusiastic team, who will work with the project team and community stakeholders to bring Uist’s internationally-significant sites to life.” 

The Uist Virtual Archaeology Project is supported by the Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund, a new programme of projects which will invest almost £9 million in the Highlands and Islands to provide more and better-quality opportunities for visitors to enjoy natural and cultural heritage assets. The Fund is led by NatureScot and is part funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The aim is to encourage people to visit some of the more remote and rural areas and create and sustain jobs, businesses and services in local communities. The purpose of the fund is to promote and develop the outstanding natural and cultural heritage of the Highlands and islands in a way that conserves and protects them.

Alongside the Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund, the Uist Virtual Archaeology Project has also received funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Crown Estate Ward Funds, Stòras Uibhist and Lews Castle College UHI giving the project a total value of over £400,000.

Jessica Wright, Managing Director, Peel Interactive commented, “The whole team at Peel Interactive couldn’t be more delighted to have been selected to work on this fascinating project. The potential of digital and Augmented Reality technologies to interpret landscapes and archaeological sites in a method that’s accessible for a wide range of visitors is still relatively untapped. We are looking forward to working with the passionate team at Lews Castle College tocreate something truly ground-breaking. Our first visit to Uist is planned before the end of the year and can’t wait to fully immerse ourselves in the history of this incredible landscape”

Kevin Murphy, CnES Archaeologist said, “The Comhairle Archaeology Service welcomes the appointment of Peel Interactive to this project by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Lews Castle College UHI.   It looks forward  to further supporting this innovative endeavour with its mixture of archaeological research and cutting-edge technology that will present both local communities and visitors alike with a fantastic experience.”

For more information on the Uist Virtual Archaeology Project and archaeology courses available at Lews Castle College UHI, join Dr Emily Gal for a live Q&A as part of our Online Open week on Tuesday 24th November at 10am. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for booking information

This November will see the College launch a week long series of online events aimed at anyone looking to upskill, retrain, or take their next step in education.

During our Online Open Week running from Monday 23 until Thursday 26 November we will be hosting live ‘question and answer’ sessions on our Facebook page giving you the opportunity to ask questions about our courses to a member of our academic staff. You can also book a one-to one appointment with staff to speak about anything you need to: which course is right for you, funding, applications and more.

Highlights include:

  • To celebrate the launch of our new NPA in Professional Cookery our Development Chef James Mackenzie (formerly of Digby Chick’s) will being hosting a live streamed cooking event.
  • Join local singer/songwriter Willie Campbell for a live streamed event as part of Lews Castle College's Online Open Week and as we celebrate the launch of his new song writing short course. Willie will be performing and discussing song writing and how the Gaelic language culture has influenced his work.
  • Join our Art and Design Lecturers Anne MacKenzie & Rosie Blake live from Taigh Chearsabagh in Uist as they give us a tour of their studios and answer your Q&As live.
  • Join Dr Michael Smith and Dr Eilidh Macphail as they discuss how the delivery of online education has changed since the 1990s. Both tutors will give a fascinating insight into how and why this once niche area of education has grown to become a global phenomenon in the sector and increasingly the default mode of learning and teaching for many courses going forwards.
  • Our staff will also be available for one-to-one appointments throughout the week to answer your questions. For advice on careers, on our courses, apprenticeships, on funding and support available and so much more contact us today on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can find a full timetable of events below:

Monday 23rd November

Subject Area

Event 

Time

Info

Hairdressing

A video Premiere on the Lews Castle College UHI Facebook Page - Tune into our Facebook page for chat and info from current and former Hairdressing students.

9am

We can answer your questions live or you can submit them beforehand to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Health

A video Premiere on the Lews Castle College UHI Facebook Page - Join our Health team as they discuss our MA in Health & Wellbeing and the upcoming Advanced Diabetes course which launches in January.

11am

Join us on the Lews Castle College UHI Facebook Page

Gaelic

Live music and Gaelic song writing session with Willie Campbell.

4pm

Join us live on the Lews Castle College UHI Facebook Page

Education 

UHI live Q&A Event giving you the opportunity to ask questions about our courses to a member of our academic staff.

5pm

Join us live on the UHI Facebook Page 

Childcare

UHI live Q&A Event giving you the opportunity to ask questions about our courses to a member of our academic staff.

6pm

Join us live on the UHI Facebook Page 

Health, Wellbeing & Care 

UHI live Q&A Event giving you the opportunity to ask questions about our courses to a member of our academic staff.

7pm 

Join us live on the UHI Facebook Page 

Tuesday 24th November

Subject Area

Event 

Time

Info

Archaeology

A video Premiere on the Lews Castle College UHI Facebook Page followed by the a chance to join Archaeologist Emily Gal to discuss your career in archaeology and upcoming courses at LCC UHI.

10am

Book your place on the form below

Sustainable Rural Development

Join Dr Michael Smith and Dr Eilidh Macphail for a live chat and Q&A

2pm

Join us live on the Lews Castle College UHI Facebook Page

Engineering and Construction courses

 

UHI live Q&A Event giving you the opportunity to ask questions about our courses to a member of our academic staff. 

5pm 

Join us live on the UHI Facebook Page  

Science and Environment courses 

UHI live Q&A Event giving you the opportunity to ask questions about our courses to a member of our academic staff. 

6pm 

Join us live on the UHI Facebook Page  

Writing a Personal Statement  

UHI live Q&A Event giving you the opportunity to ask questions about our courses to a member of our academic staff. 

7pm  

Join us live on the UHI Facebook Page  

Wednesday 25th November

Subject Area

Event

Time

Info

Gaelic

Join our Gaelic team to chat live and ask questions about how you can take your first steps in learning Gaelic or entering Gaelic education. Whether you just want to learn the language or are thinking about an entry level course, we have options for you.

10am 

Join us live on the Lews Castle College UHI Facebook Page

Applied Music

Chat and music performance with our Applied music team live from Benbecula.

11am

Join us live on the Lews Castle College UHI Facebook Page

Art & Design

Join lecturers Anne Mackenzie and Rosie Blake to learn about our Art and Design courses in Uist.

1pm

Book your place on the form below

Gaelic

Do you want to develop a good understanding of Gaelic issues and acquire skills relevant for employment in a wide range of sectors? Then join our lecturers’ chat with live Q&A.

3pm

Book your place on the form below

Fashion

Fashion Lecturer, Netty Sopata, will join us live to answer your questions about our courses and your future career in fashion.

4pm

Book your place on the form below

Creative Industries

UHI live Q&A Event giving you the opportunity to ask questions about our courses to a member of our academic staff.

5pm

Join us live on the UHI Facebook Page 

Humanities and Social Sciences

 

UHI live Q&A Event giving you the opportunity to ask questions about our courses to a member of our academic staff.

6pm 

Join us live on the UHI Facebook Page 

Gaelic

UHI live Q&A Event giving you the opportunity to ask questions about our courses to a member of our academic staff.

7pm 

Join us live on the UHI Facebook Page 

Thursday 26th November

Subject Area

Event

Time

Info

Engineering

Join LCC UHI lecturer and former NASA employee Dr Chris Macleod for an engineering chat, followed by a live question and answer session

 

11am

Book your place on the form below. 

Catering 

A live cookery demonstration with James MacKenzie formerly of Digby Chick’s ahead of the launch of the new National Progression Award course in Professional Cookery in January.

 

1pm

Join us live on the Lews Castle College UHI Facebook Page

Digital Pedagogy

A live streamed chat between Dr Gareth Davies and students about our postgraduate online Digital Pedagogy course - the only online Digital Pedagogy course in the UK

4pm

Tune into our Facebook page for the premiere of this session and have your questions answered live.

The full programme can also be found here https://www.lews.uhi.ac.uk/study-at-lcc/online-open-week/

You can also sign up to our Facebook event - https://www.facebook.com/events/415257063199615

Lews Castle College UHI launches its first Online Open Week from Monday-Thursday 23-26 November.

There will be a series of sessions where people can find out about a range of short courses starting in January in subjects such as health and social care, construction, professional cookery and digital skills – and many more.

The courses will be offered on a blended learning basis - a combination of safe on-campus attendance with flexible online learning, which LCC staff have over 20 years’ experience of delivering.

There will be online lectures, interactive discussions, live streamed events, online tours of facilities, the opportunity to speak to staff one-to-one and so much more. Whatever your interest, the open week provides an opportunity for you to take part and for the College to support you to find your future.

Events will include:

  • A live staff and student performance from the BA Applied Music course, followed by a live question and answer session
  • An online engineering lecture from lecturer and former Nasa employee Dr Chris Maclean, followed by a live question and answer session
  • A live cookery demonstration with James MacKenzie of Digby Chicks ahead of the launch of the new National Progression Award course in Professional Cookery in January
  • A live streamed chat between Dr Gareth David and students about our postgraduate online Digital Pedagogy course -the only online Digital Pedagogy course in the UK
  • An interactive live question and answer session with our Gaelic and Health lecturers about courses and potential careers in these sectors
  • Throughout the week people will have the opportunities to speak to staff one-to-one about the wide range of courses available from January 2021 onwards.

The full programme will be confirmed in the coming days but you can find out more by visiting  

https://www.lews.uhi.ac.uk/study-at-lcc/

or signing up to our Facebook event where we will be more information will be available very soon -

https://www.facebook.com/events/415257063199615