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21 November 2016OHS Newsletters

The Orkney Heritage Society has made its back catalogue of newsletters available on its website for the very first time.  Unfortunately, it is not a complete list, so help from members of the public is sought to find those elusive missing back numbers. 

A full index by authors and year is available from the newsletters page of the OHS website. 


14 November 2016Talk - Tom Hunter "In Defence of Concrete"

On Thursday 17th November we welcome Tom Hunter, Historic Environment Officer of Orkney Islands Council to give a talk "In Defence of Concrete" - a view of Orkney's military sites.  It will be preceded by the Society's Annual General Meeting - all are welcome.

31 October 2016Papers for the AGM

The minutes of previous meeting and agenda for our Annual General Meeting to be held on 17th November are available to download from this link.

01 October 2016Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Orkney Heritage Society will be held in the Friends Room of the St Magnus Centre on Thursday 17th November at 7.30pm.  It will be preceded by a talk by Tom Hunter, Historic Environment Officer, Orkney Islands Council "In Defence of Concrete" - a view of Orkney's military sites.

All are welcome to attend.  Papers shall be posted here shortly.

17 July 2016Eynhallow trip MOVED TO TUESDAY

Due to weather conditions and discussions with the skipper of the MV Eynhallow, the annual Orkney Heritage Society trip to the island of Eynhallow has been moved to the standby day of TUESDAY 19th July this week, meaning it will NOT be happening on Monday 18th July.

04 July 2016Annual trip to Eynhallow - SOLD OUT

For the first time, the tickets for our annual trip to Eynhallow sold out on the morning they were first made available to the public!  Thank you to everyone who took the time to buy the tickets, and we're so sorry for those of you who didn't manage.  We are taking a waiting list, though it's unlikely that we'll receive more than one or two returns.  


04 May 2016New Book: HMS Hampshire: a Century of Myths and Mysteries Unravelled

The Orkney Heritage Society has pleasure in announcing

the forthcoming publication of a book to commemorate

the centenary of the loss of HMS Hampshire:

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


The book assembles hitherto unused contemporary evidence to explore the causes and circumstances of the loss of HMS Hampshire on 5 June 1916 and to the associated myths and mysteries.  It will include the new Roll of Honour, accounts of Hampshire, Lord Kitchener and the mission to Russia, the rescue efforts and associated rumours and outrage, the conspiracy theories, the minelaying and minesweeping operations, the loss of HM Drifter Laurel Crown, the Kitchener Memorial, the diving expeditions on the wreck, the artefacts, and the Centenary Events, and notes on the survivors and many of the men who lost their lives (brief contributions still welcomed). 

This A4 120 page illustrated case-bound book will be launched on 30th August 2016 and retail at £25 plus postage & packing.  All proceeds, including authors’ royalties, will go to the Orkney Heritage Society for the Kitchener Memorial Refurbishment Project.

Two pre-launch offers are available for orders placed before 30th June:


Copies may be ordered for £25 with free UK postage and packing
(plus £5 supplement for Europe, £10 supplement for rest of world);


Copies may be ordered for £20, i.e. 20% off, for personal collection in exchange for receipt at the Launch on 30th August, or thereafter from Lucy Gibbon at The Orkney Archive, Junction Road, Kirkwall.


Payment for the above pre-launch offers may be by:

Either:  cheque payable to “Orkney Heritage Society” and sent to the OHS Treasurer, PO Box 6220, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 9AD.  Please enclose name, email address (for receipt), and (for postal option) delivery address;

Or:  cash or cheque at the Birsay Community Hall on June 3rd - 5th, 11am - 5pm and evenings.

Queries to jamesmirvine@hotmail.co.uk

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