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Current Exhibition

Every year we have a summer 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, as we are a Museum mainly run by volunteers.  Help us to help you! 

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

The summer 2016 exhibition is:

The loss of HMS Hampshire and the death of Lord Kitchener

Sunday 5th June 2016 at exactly 8.45pm (BST) will be the one hundredth anniversary of the loss of the HMS Hampshire, with the loss of all but twelve hands.  On board the Hampshire was the highest ranking British officer lost in World War One, Secretary of State for War Lord Kitchener. 

Until investigations by members of the Orkney Heritage Society and local historians, it was believed that around 650 men were lost that night but it has now been brought to light that the total number was 737.  

In the 1920s a memorial was erected on the shore closest to the lost ship off Orkney's west coast, and to commemorate the many lost a new wall incorporating the name of all those lost will be erected around the base of the memorial, to be unveiled on the 100th anniversary.  It will also commemorate the loss of the men aboard the HM Drifter Laurel Crown, lost on 22 June 1916 in the same minefeld which sunk the HMS Hampshire.

Find out more via http://hmshampshire.org/, which lists the names of every man lost. 

 

2016 Exhibition
2016 Exhibition
Part of our exhibition on the loss of the HMS Hampshire, 5th June 1916.
Toby jug
Toby jug
One of the many commemorative items created after the loss of the Hampshire, upon which Secretary of State for War, Lord Kitchener, was lost.

This is a drinking vessel, commonly known as a Toby Jug.
Hampshire wood box
Hampshire wood box
This box was made using wood recovered from the wreck of the HMS Hampshire.
Frank Potter's Death Penny
Frank Potter's Death Penny
A Memorial Plaque, commonly called the 'Death Penny' was issued after the First World War to the next-of-kin of all British and Empire service personnel who were killed as a result of the war. The one in our exhibition was issued to the next-of-kin of 17 year old Frank Potter.
Frank Potter, d05.06.1916
Frank Potter, d05.06.1916
Frank Potter, one of the 737 lost on the night of 5th June 1916
Death Penny
Death Penny
Frank Potter's Death Penny
Kitchener
Kitchener
Secretary of State for War, Lord Kitchener
Kitchener Memorial Commemorative Wall
Kitchener Memorial Commemorative Wall
Things are moving ahead at the Kitchener Memorial in Birsay, the picture above shows the first shuttering going in place to create the arc-shaped wall at the foot of the current Memorial. This will be faced in Orkney stone, and the carved panels bearing the names of all men lost will be installed in time for the unveiling on the 100th anniversary, 5th June.

Past Exhibitions

We try to be as diverse as possible each year.  In 2014 our theme was "From Stromness to the Punjab," whilst in 2015 we looked to the Neolithic.

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...