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03 November 2014OHS AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Orkney Heritage Society will take place on 12 November 2014 in the Friends Room of the St Magnus Centre at 7.00pm. 

It will be followed by a free talk by Tom King on the St Kilda Work Party 1987.


You can find the minutes of last year's AGM and Agenda for this year's meeting by clicking on the links below. 

Minutes of 2013 AGM

Agenda of 2014 AGM

03 October 2014John Rae 200 - Conference Proceedings

Orkney Heritage Society is pleased to announce the publication of the John Rae 200 Conference, organised by the Orkney Natural History Society (Stromness Museum) between 28-30 September 2013.  The Conference Proceedings have been published as The New Orkney Antiquarian Journal: Volume 7, and is available from the Stromness Museum, Orkney Museum, Orkney Library & Archives and The Orcadian Bookshop.  It costs £20.


26 August 2014George Marwick: Yesnaby's Master Storyteller

A new book of writing by George Marwick is to be launched on Tuesday 2 September with a talk by its editors, Tom Muir and James Irvine.

George Marwick, 1836-1912, was born and bred of crofting folk in the isolated township  of Yesnaby on the west coast of the Mainland of Orkney, exposed to Atlantic storms but sheltered from 19th century improvements.   He became a surveyor and worked in Canada and Hoy before returning to his first love, the people, traditions and folklore of the West Mainland.  For a quarter of a century he was a popular speaker on these subjects at local events.  

This volume contains all his known writings, many published for the first time. Geordie, as he was known, was not always accurate and his etymology in particular is now dated, but his profuse and detailed records of folklore, local traditions, dialect and archaeology are unique, and provide a fresh and an invaluable contribution to our knowledge of Orkney’s rich heritage.

Tom Muir is Exhibitions Officer at the Orkney Museum and a much-travelled storyteller.  He is a writer and broadcaster who has published several books on subjects like Orkney folk tales and the Icelandic Sagas.  His book The Mermaid Bride; and other Orkney Folktales has been translated into Japanese and Icelandic.

A retired seafarer and now a keen genealogist, James Irvine has written several books on Orcadian history, including the story of The Breckness Estate. His ancestors lived in Yesnaby long ago, and his great great grandfather, like George Marwick, was a tenant of the same estate. 

The launch of the book will take place Upstairs at the Orcadian Bookshop on 2 September at 7.30pm (Entrance up lane) and royalties from the book will go to the Heritage Society.