SUNDAY 15 MAY 2-5pm
This year for Festival of Museums we are celebrating the shore, a special place for Stromness Museum: it is where we are situated and it is a place that relates to a great deal of our collection.
The shore is a magical zone, not always visible it is a favoured place in folklore. Come and catch some of the magic with our shore dwelling speakers - Bryce Wilson, Dr Jennifer Harland, John Crossley, Dr Hugo Anderson-Whymark and Dr Antonia Thomas. Between them they will cover piers, ballast, bones and stones, plants, art and monsters. The afternoon rounds off with a tour by curator Janette Park who will highlight some of our shore related artefacts such as the washed up St Kilda mailboat and dyewood from the Svecia wrecked off North Ronaldsay in 1740.
Talks last 20 mins with a break between each one so that you can come for one or stay for all. The event will be chaired by Prof Jane Downes.
2:00 Bryce Wilson ‘Washed twice a day: Stromness Piers’
2:30 Dr Hugo Anderson-Whymark ‘Strange cargo: Ballast on the Orkney shore’
3:00 Dr Jennifer Harland ‘From the deep: An archaeologist’s view of the Stronsay beast’
3:00 John Crossley ‘Surviving salt & spray: Plants that thrive by the sea’
3:30 ‘Dr Antonia Thomas ‘A shore connection; art, architecture and landscape in Neolithic Orkney’
4:00 Janette Park Curator’s tour ‘Stromness Museum by the shore’