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Dr Werner Kissling

An article on House Traditions in the Outer Hebrides

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An article on House Traditions in the Outer Hebrides, Man, 1944

 

This is an offprint of Dr Kissling's most significant published work, an article published in Man (the journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute) called 'House Traditions in the Outer Hebrides: The Blackhouse and the Beehive Hut.'

 

This particular copy was given as a gift by Dr Kissling to a friend in Dumfries. His handwritten inscription can be seen in the top right hand corner.

 

This article outlined his work on the architecture of houses in Eriskay and South Uist. It was published in 1944 after he had returned from being interned on the Isle of Man.

 

Dr Kissling firmly believed that traditional blackhouse architecture was well designed for the Western Isles and that this style of building should be supported rather than replaced with other forms of housing.

 

As well as his article in Man, Dr Kissling published a large number of articles and photographs in magazines including Scottish Field and The Dalesman.

 

With thanks to Michael Russell for providing information.

 

Dr Werner Kissling (1895-1988) was a German photographer and ethnographer who spent most of his life documenting Scottish crafts, architecture, and agricultural practices. He was associated with Dumfries Museum from the mid-1950s until his death in 1988.

Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:2019.15
Digital Number:
DMDO141n
Creation Date:
1944
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council