Investing in Seallam Visitor Centre

Monika Reichelt

The community-led Northton Heritage Trust on the Isle of Harris are looking to raise funds through the community-share campaign to redevelop Seallam Visitor Centre.

Seallam! (Gaelic for 'Let me see!') Hebrides People Visitor Centre is a unique project based in the Isle of Harris, Western Isles (Outer Hebrides) which celebrates the culture and heritage of the people through their genealogical record, storytelling and history. It is owned by the community – Northton Heritage Trust (NHT), a charitable community benefit society which is now planning an exciting future for the project as a major visitor and learning destination celebrating the rich history of this island archipelago.

Northton Heritage Trust (NHT) has prepared ambitious plans to bring all the land and buildings into community ownership (it already owns the centre and car park) and to develop them to enhance exhibition space, provide student accommodation and research facilities to create more local employment and stimulate local economic development. Watch this YouTube video to see the full extend of renovations planned for the centre.

The Trust is aiming to raise £100,000 through the community share offer to progress the first phase of the development.They are keen to engage both its local community (Isle of Harris) and its wider community (the rest of the world with an interest or heritage in the islands) in this exciting development. The community share campaign allows the supporters of the project to contribute to delivery of phase one works- bringing the land and buildings into community ownership and finalising the plans for the second phase which will see the buildings extended.

To find out more about the unique story of the Seallam Visitor Centre or to support the project, visit