02 May 2017
Rev Dr Charles Clouston - A man of science with his head in the clouds; 21st May

Rev Dr Charles Clouston - A man of science with his head in the clouds

Stromness Museum celebrates the life and work of Charles Clouston (1800-1884), one of the founding members of the Orkney Natural History Society.  From geology to botany, archaeology to meteorology, Clouston's work inspires a varied afternoon programme of free talks by archaeologists, artists, marine biologists and writers. No need to book.

The afternoon will also see the launch of the Orkney Cloud Photography Competition which will run from May 2017 until May 2018. The competition will be launched and judged by Gavin Pretor-Pinney of the Cloud Appreciation Society. Details of how to enter to competition will be announced on May 21.

The day is supported by The Royal Society and has been initiated by trustee Dr Antonia Thomas LINK


Free entry to the museum all day as part of Festival of Museums and Orkney Nature Festival, with an afternoon of free talks supported by The Royal Society

Chaired by Dr Jen Harland

2:00 Welcome by Dr Antonia Thomas

2:10 Dr Hugo Anderson-Whymark
Doctor, Reverend and Scientist: Charles Clouston the Polymath

2:40 Dr John Flett Brown
Cloustonite, the minister’s mineral

3:10 Andrew Want
From cloustonii to hyperborea - why a seaweed changed its name

3:40 Tom Muir
‘Orcadian and Arcadian, a contrast, but less than anticipated’ - readings from Clouston’s Orkney guide book

4:10 Rebecca Marr
‘Blows the wind today, and the sun and rain are flying’ - Orkney Weather Lore

4:40 Launch of the Orkney Cloud Photography Competition  - Gavin Pretor Pinney,  The Cloud Appreciation Society



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