Bunavoneader Whaling Station, Isle of Harris
Bunavoneader Whaling Station is the finest and best preserved example of a shore-based whaling station in the UK and was designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 1992. It operated commercially between 1904 and 1928 with a break during World War I and reopened briefly, on a much smaller scale, in the early 1950’s.
The archaeological remains of the whaling station are extensive and retain physical evidence of all three phases of its operation unencumbered by later development. Most visually striking is the tall brick chimney, a landmark which, for the local community, is a strongly emotive symbol of an aspect of their social, economic and cultural history.
The site is owned by The North Harris Trust. The Trust is dedicated to preserving the site and wishes to make it accessible, physically, intellectually and emotionally, for the local community and wider constituencies.
John Renshaw Architects and Headland Archaeology were appointed in November 2006 to prepare a Conservation and Management Plan to promote a strategic approach to the preservation of the site by providing information about its origins, development and cultural significance. It explains how that significance is vulnerable and sensitive to change and sets out policies for managing change in any future use or development of the site without adversely affecting its significance.