15 June 2016Skara Brae Buddo

The Stromness Museum is very pleased to announce the 'rediscovery' of the Skara Brae Buddo, a whalebone figurine originally found in the 1847 excavation, but carefully packaged away within our collection until its rediscovery a few weeks ago.  

Curator, Janette Park, inspects Buddo below (photo Stromness Museum & Hugo Anderson-Whymark)


14 June 2016Stromness Museum on Twitter

We are now on Twitter! Hurrah! 

Here's our first photo on Twitter - wow, the Victorian Gallery has hardly changed! 

13 June 2016Tues 14 June - Early Closure

The Stromness Museum will close early on Tuesday 14th June - at 1.30pm - in order to carry out some work on the exhibition space.  It reopens as normal at 11am on Wednesday. 

12 May 2016Sunday 15th May - BY THE SHORE

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’


28 April 2016AOP - Celebrating Scapa Flow 6/7 May

Another Orkney Production company’s Celebrating Scapa Flow event for 2016 focusses on the centenary of HMS Royal Oak's commissioning in the Royal Navy, which took place in early May 1916.  They will look at the 23 years that the ship was in service and her extraordinary career from Jutland to the Mediterranean (including the "mutiny")) and her involvement in the Spanish Civil War - not something you hear about very often.  So much of the story is concentrated on what happened in Scapa Flow in October 1939 and very little about the rest of her service.

They will be covering how the ship was built by one of the leading experts on the construction of battleships, Ian Johnston, who featured in the BBC documentary series in Clydebuilt ships talking about HMS Hood, and Commander David Hobbs who will cover the life of HMS Royal Oak. Their second night features a more informal discussion about HMS Royal Oak, and also has two short films made by Peter Rowlands and John Findlay.  The first is an interview with the diver Sandy Robertson who discovered what had happened to the Royal Oak and recalls that night in great detail. It is a very powerful and gripping piece. The second is a sequence of underwater footage of the wreck, which is very moving. 

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