Orkney Image Library

Orkneycommunities.co.uk - Reclaiming History and answering the questions no-one else asks since 2003
Click to View The Orkney Image Library contains images and anecdotes about the area. There are 11539 pictures and 21528 comments on the site for you to browse through. Images can be viewed by YEAR, by ALBUM, by GROUP, or by CONTRIBUTOR, or you can use the simple SEARCH at the top of this page.
Please note! Orkneycommunities is not in the position to authorise use of these pictures on other sites or in other publications. Any such use should only be with the agreement of the contributor and/or copyright holder! And... I'm sure you can understand why anonymous comments are unlikely to be published.
Handy hints If you want to check up on new additions, use the Additions link above to see what's been added recently. Or use the 5-10-20-50 option to expand all the boxes below- it isn't just for the comments. You can now upload your own images directly using the form further down the page. It's dead easy, just hit the 'Browse' button and find the picture on your own computer that you wish to upload, then hit 'Upload' to send it. Note that when you are asked for the year the picture was taken it HAS to be a four digit number like 1965 and NOT something like 1960ish. If you are unsure of the date just give it your best guess. If you are timed out when uploading you might need to reduce the sizes of the pictures so that the filesize is no more than approx. 1.2MB If you have any problems just contact us at contact@orkneycommunities.co.uk
When viewing the pictures, PLEASE leave your own comments using the form at the foot of each page. You might know a face, a date or a story about the photo. In this way we will continue to build an extensive collection of information, reminiscences and anecdotes about Orkney that is easily accessible to everyone. Orkneycommunities.co.uk was part funded by Orkney Enterprise and LEADER+, and now is a wholly self-sustaining community enterprise.
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Ancestral Diamond wedding

Nicol Folster and Margaret Spence were my father's maternal grandparents (Nicol & Folster were Dad's middle names, and Nicol was one of my brother's forenames). It seems the old fellow was well-regarded in the family down the generations. His wife no...

11539 pictures | 21528 comments
Ancestral Diamond wedding
LATEST NEWS: Large pictures now back, and comments problem fixed!
The Large Pics facility on the Orkney Image Library of Orkneycommunities.co.uk has returned, and I am pleased to say can in some instances be applied retrospectively (approx 2 years back). Any favouri...
Latest Pictures
Mystery football teamThe CT Scanner arriving at the Balfour HospitalMedals and ModelNearly off the clockRough seas returning from ShapinsayAngus Harcus and his machinesKirkwall MarinaBlock Ship Churchill BarrierSt Ola timetable from 1975St Ola timetable, 1975The sad end of Chris Rowell's sauna, 2014Mystery relicsZooming off to GraemsayThe 1977-78 Kirkwall Primary School teamFestival of the Horse, circa 1956Prince models compared


Late Christmas GreetingCroft at Mid RinigallSunny Orkney, 27th April 2007Holiday in Stronsay (2)William BereyUpper Breckan, Burness, SandayBoats in Kirkwall BasinMrs Campbell and Mrs CostieSt Clair's Emporium - The Joiners ShopRobina PeaceA trip to Suleskerry lighthouseAlex Costie and Johnno Flett