18 November 2016Christmas Closures

The Stromness Museum will close at 3.30pm on 21st December 2016 and will have an Open Day on 28th December, with free entry. 

We shall then be closed throughout January, reopening on Thursday 2nd February 2017.



11 November 2016Annual General Meeting

The Orkney Natural History Society Museum Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 6th December 2016 at the Stromness Museum premises at 6.30pm.  Please accept this invitation to attend.


28 October 2016Stromness Museum opening hours

The Stromness Museum will revert to its winter opening hours from this weekend, meaning it will be closed on Sunday 30th October.  On Monday it will open at 11am, and close at 3.30pm, and we will be closed on Sundays from now until the summer season begins in April.


15 September 2016Rare Fiddle Sings Again

A rare tin fiddle, on loan to the Stromness Museum has been played again for only the second time this century.  The fiddle was made by fisherman, James Foubister, of Newark in Deerness, to take to the herring fishing after his traditional wooden fiddle was broken at sea.  Now, the iconic instrument - which is still owned by the family - is on display in Stromness by kind permission of Wendy Skidmore of Aberdeen.

The last time the fiddle was played was in 2011, after it had been carefully conserved by Mark Shiner.  Jennifer Wrigley then described it as being "very easy to play and to hold," in an event during which she also played John Rae's fiddle.

Local musician James Watson was taksed with brining the unique instrument to life once more, at West Side Cinema's recent showing of a silent film, John Grierson's Drifters

Read more in this press cutting from The Orcadian newspaper, 15/09/16

13 September 2016EGM Postponed - Stromness Museum

The EGM proposed for Wednesday 14th September 2016 has been postponed.  A new date will be advertised in due course.


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