Now largely redundant (but still owned by BT), these boxes are a symbol of a bygone age when such facilities would have been of massive importance to islanders. Whilst the kiosks themselves may not all have high intrinsic historic significance, they are of great significance to their communities and are an established part of the landscape.
This project provides island communities with a unique opportunity to bring these old red telephone boxes back into viable use in a modern and flexible way, showcasing elements of each island, such as its history, folklore, communities, and economy. This would be done through the community purchase, repair, and internal design and layout of each kiosk into a compact attraction to be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
The kiosks could, for example, be converted into small visitor information hubs, interpretation points, or used for community arts and heritage projects, creating a unique North Isles trail.