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Current Exhibition

Every year we have a new exhibition.  We are always happy to speak to you about our exhibits, but if you wish to examine a piece more carefully prior arrangement must be made.  Help us to help you! 

You can access some short information about past exhibitions via the links below the picture gallery.

Skara Brae Rediscovered

Skara Brae is the best-preserved Neolithic settlement in northwest Europe, and is one of Britain’s most important prehistoric sites.  In the winter of 1850, a particularly big storm stripped the grass from the sand dunes covering the site, and led to the first recorded discovery of the houses we see today.

The remains of at least 13 stone-built houses, with paved passageways in between have now been identified, but it is likely that there were once many more.  Stone furniture such as dressers and box beds survive within the houses, many of which have walls still standing to head height. The rich collection of finds from the site includes many fine items in bone, stone, and pottery.  These form one of the largest and most significant Neolithic assemblages from Britain and we are privileged to have some of these artefacts within our permanent collection. 

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Past Exhibitions

We try to be as diverse as possible each year, and travel the globe.  From the Punjab to the Arctic, from the Neolithic to the 20th century...

The 2017 winter exhibition...
Throughout 2017 we celebrated the life and work of Reverend Charles Clouston, the first President of the Orkney Natural History Society, and an active President from its inception in 1837 ...click for more...

The 2017 summer exhibition...
Some seventy five years before Stromness became a Burgh of Barony, the merchants and tradesmen of the village had shown their mettle by commencing a long legal battle for freedom from taxation by the Royal Burgh of Kirkwall ...click for more...

The 2016 summer exhibition...
On Sunday 5th June 2016 Orkney commemorated the loss of HMS Hampshire and the loss of all but 12 hands.  On board the Hampshire was the highest ranking British officer lost in World War One ...click for more...

 

The 2015 summer exhibition...
2015 saw the Neolithic coming to Stromness Museum, as we hosted some of the finds from the enigmatic and impresive Ness of Brodgar ongoing archaeological dig ...click for more...

 

The 2014 summer exhibition...
was "From Stromness to the Punjab: Sir John Login, Maharaja Duleep Singh and the treasures of Lahore" .... click for more....

 

The 2011 exhibition...
Stromness at War:  When war was declared on 3rd September 1939, Stromness found itself thrust into the heart of the storm ...click for more...

 

The winter 2010 exhibition...
A Glimpse of Peru in the 1930s; Keepsakes of a Stromness Family - Arthur Arcus, born in Lerwick, Shetland in 1881 joined the Merchant Navy as a steward at the age of 14. After seeing the world, and working his way up to Chief Steward he decided it was time for a change ...click for more...

 

The 2008 exhibition...
Sule Skerry is a part of Orkney that few Orcadians have seen or set foot on.  ...click for more...

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