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Memories of Broadford airfield sought by RGU researchers


Researchers from Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen will hold a photo exhibition on Skye next week to gather local residents’ memories of using the small airport at Broadford.

Broadford airfield (Duncan McCallum)The exhibition will be at the Broadford Village Hall from August 29 to 31, and at Portree Community Library from September 1 to 3.

The exhibition will mostly feature photos of Broadford Airport from the 1970s and 1980s, when Loganair operated passenger flights out of the airfield, but will also include images relating to a Renfrew-Glenbrittle service from the 1930s.

Researchers Dr Graeme Baxter and Lyndsay Bloice will be on hand to invite visitors to share their stories of using the Broadford airfield. 

The visit is part of a larger research project with European funding on the importance of small, remote airports. SPARA 2020 (Smart Peripheral and Remote Airports) brings together partners from Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Norway and Australia in order to deliver increased innovation within the public service provision of airports.

The photo exhibition on Skye is one in a series of similar events. Previous exhibitions, held in Kirkwall Airport in Orkney, Donegal Airport in Ireland, and Sundsvall Airport in Sweden, have drawn hundreds of participants who have shared their memories of using their local airport.

Broadford airfield (Duncan McCallum)Dr Baxter said: “This exhibition will be different from our previous ones, because Skye hasn’t had a regular air passenger service since 1988. We want to know what impact this has had on the day-to-day lives of Skye residents.

“We’re also aware of the current FlySkye campaign to have the Broadford airfield reopened for passenger services, and of the various feasibility studies that have taken place recently. We hope that this will increase interest in our photo exhibition,” he added.  

For further information about the research, or to register an interest in being interviewed, please contact either Graeme Baxter by email at g.baxter@rgu.ac.uk or by phone on (01224) 263889 or Lyndsay Bloice at l.s.bloice1@rgu.ac.uk or on (01224) 263991.

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