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New Orkney Antiquarian Journal, Volume 7 (John Rae 200 Conference Proceedings)

The seventh volume of The New Orkney Antiquarian Journal is dedicated to the papers presented at the John Rae 200 Conference in Stromness, in September 2013, run by The Orkney Natural History Society, Stromness Museum.  The Editorial Board comprised Kathleen Ireland, Janette Park, Bryce Wilson, James Irvine and Dr Sarah Jane Gibbon.  Our regular "Recent Books and Papers" feature is to be held over to volume 8.

The decision of the Orkney Natural History Society to host the John Rae 200 Conference arose from the long association between the Society, Stromness and John Rae.  Dr Rae (1813-1893) was an early member of the Orkney Natural History Society.  His name appears in the Stromness Museum visitor book and when he died, his widow, Catherine Rae, passed on his portriat, octant and gun to the Museum.  Since then his inflatable Halkett boat and his fiddle have become part of the Museum's display telling the story of Orkney's connections with the Nor' Wast.

Orkney Heritage Society is proud to have been a part of the Conference, held from 28 - 30 September 2013, and now presents the Conference proceedings, available in local shops and here, online.

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Voices Aroond the Flow by Tom Rendall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Tom Rendall on his study of the dialect of those folk who live around the shores of Scapa Flow, delving into a range of factors that influence the different Orkney dialects, from school days to work experience, from wartime memories to migration and social change.  The booklet includes a free cd filled with 15 tracks of Orkney dialect voices.

Funded entirely by The Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership Scheme, which has been a three year project set up to deliver projects which are focussed around the Scapa Flow area, this booklet by Tom Rendall has been gifted to the Heritage Society.  All proceeds from this book will go to the Orkney Heritage Society (a registered charity).

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New Orkney Antiquarian Journal, Volume 6

Launched in November 2012.  The papers in this volume refocus on some of the classic issues associated with the interpretation of Orkney's history from the 11th to the present century.  Contributors include Donna Heddle, Director of the Centre for Nordic Studies at the University of the Highlands & Islands; Margaret Hunter, Principal Teacher of Classics at Stromness Academy from 1968-1984; Steinar Imsen, Professor in medieval and early modern history at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim; James Irvine, author of The Breckness Estate and joint editor of the newly published An Orkney Anthology: Selected Works of Ernest Marwick, vol 2: Ragnhild Ljosland, lecturer in sociolinguistics and Old Norse at the Centre for Nordic Studies and author of Chrissie's Bodle about Orcadian author Christina M Costie; William PL Thomson, former head of Kirkwall Grammar School and extensive author on Orcadian history, most particularly his New History of Orkney; and Catherine Turnbull, journalist and former editor of the newspaper Orkney Today, graduate from the Centre for Nordic Studies in 2011.

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New Orkney Antiquarian Journal, Volume 5

Published in 2011, this volume is a festschrift to Alison Fraser, a tribute to her 35 years of service as Orkney's County Archivist.  During Alison's tenure, the Orkney Archive grew to be one of Scotland's most extensive local archive collections.  The Journal contains articles by Peter Anderson, recently retired from the National Archives of Scotland as Deputy Keeper of Records; Phil Astley, Assistant Archivist between 1994-2003 and now Archivist at Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire Archives; Susan Corrigall from the National Archives of Scotland; Ray Fereday, former History teacher at Kirkwall Grammar School and widely recognised local historian; Sheila Garson, Curator of Social History at the Orkney Museum; Lucy Gibbon, Assistant Archivist at Orkney Archives; Sarah Jane Gibbon, former Assistant Archivist and now freelance historical and genealogical researcher; James Irvine, Journal editor and local historian; Bobby Leslie, former Chief Librarian and then Library & Archive Manager until his retiral; David Mackie, Orkney Photographic Archivist for over 20 years; Ann Marwick, Orkney's first sound archivist and now District Manager of Historic Scotland; Jocelyn Rendall, widely recognised local historian; Brian Smith, Principal Archivist at the Shetland Museum and Archives; and Willie Thomson, former Rector of Kirkwall Grammar School and widely recognised local historian.

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New Orkney Antiquarian Journal, Volume 4

The papers in this volume cover most of the established scope of the Journal, archaeology, place-names, medieval settlement systems, ecclesiastical history and sociology.  The contributors are Barabara Crawford, former Honorary Reader at the University of St Andrews School of History and internationally renowned historian; Dave Lawrence, an archaeologist specialising in human skeletal remains; Frans-Arne Stylegar, head of the Department of Monuments and Sites in Vest-Agder County, Norway; Paul Sutherland, practicing solicitor with an interest in social change in 18th and 19th centuries Orkney; and Doreen Waugh, Honorary Fellow of the Department of Celtic and Scottish Studies.

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New Orkney Antiquarian Journal, Volume 3

This volume continues to broaden the scope of the previous Journals.  Central to this volume is a paper by Colleen Batey on the Earl's Bu in Orphir, though we found no shortage of good papers which make a scholarly contribution to the history and culture of the Orkney Islands.  The Journal includes papers by Colleen Batey, lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Glasgow; Paul Johnson with Northern Archaeological Associates, Barnard Castle; Evan MacGillivray (1908-1987), Orkney's former County Librarian and who was principally responsible for the development of the Library and Museum services in Orkney; Brian Smith, Shetland Archivist; and Paul Newman, an architect with a particular interest in vernacular buildings, especially the design and construction of traditional farm buildings in Orkney.

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New Orkney Antiquarian Journal, Volume 2

Volume 2 of the Journal has a breadth of topics, from demolition of the mythology that has built up around Earl Henry Sinclair and his supposed voyage to America to the evidence of the leper from Deerness.  The contributors are Phil Astley, Assistant Archivist in Orkney Archives; Anne Brundle, Assistant Curator (Archaeology) for Orkney Museums and editor of this Journal; Bill Cormack, active historian and archaeologist and former Trustee of the National Museum of Antiquities in Scotland; Bernard Cotton, furniture historian specialising in British vernacular furniture; Walter Traill Dennison (1825-1894), folklorist, farmer and religious leader; Denise Findlay, former manager of Skaill House in Sandwick; Arlene Isbister, local artist; Theya Molleson, physical anthropologist at the National History Museum in London; HF Morland Simpson (died 1920), former Rector of Aberdeen Grammar School; Brian Smith, Shetland Archivist; and William PL Thomson, former Rector of Kirkwall Grammar School and local historian.

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'HMS Hampshire: A Century of Myths and Mysteries Unravelled'

By James Irvine, Brian Budge, Jude Callister, Kevin Heath, Andrew Hollinrake, Issy Grieve, Keith Johnson, Neil Kermode, Michael Lowrey, Tom Muir, Emily Turton and Ben Wade

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On 5 June 1916, HMS Hampshire left the Royal Navy’s anchorage at Scapa Flow, Orkney, bound for Russia. The Secretary of State for War, Lord Kitchener, was on board as part of a diplomatic and military mission aimed at boosting Russia’s efforts on the Eastern Front.  At about quarter to nine in the evening, in stormy conditions and within two miles of Orkney’s northwest shore, she struck a mine laid by German submarine U-75. Only twelve survived.

To help commemorate the centenary, twelve authors with local knowledge have pooled their expertise to sort fact from fiction with an objective review of the many books, press cuttings and copious unpublished records now available.

All proceeds, including authors’ royalties, will go to the Orkney Heritage Society for the Kitchener Memorial Refurbishment Project.

 

“An in-depth study, highly recommended.”
Cdr. John Bingeman

Further reviews here.

 

NEWS: HMS Hampshire book nominated by Maritime Foundation for The Mountbatten Award for Best Literary Contribution 2017.

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You may also be interested in titles published by The Orcadian, available from their online bookshop.  One title in particular "George Marwick: Yesnaby's Master Storyteller" is of particular interest to the Society, as all proceeds are being donated to us.