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10:00 am

HONEY & HERB WORKSHOP

September 5, 2016 → 10:00 am12:05 pm
William Shearer’s, Victoria St, Kirkwall,
£2 - £4

Ethnobotanical researcher Anna Canning describes how honey’s antibacterial properties have been used for thousands of years for treating wounds and burns, and shows how to combine it with herbs and kitchen-cupboard ingredients for skin care today.

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A FAREWELL TO ICE

September 5, 2016 → 10:00 am11:00 am
Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall,
£2 - £4

Prof. Peter Wadhams of Cambridge University is the world's leading expert on sea ice, having led 51 research expeditions to polar seas. He brings the latest research from the Arctic Ocean – showing that change is occurring much faster than previously predicted, with immense potential consequences for us.

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11:30 am

THE SKY ALL TORN, AND FLYING SPINDRIFT

September 5, 2016 → 11:30 am12:30 pm
Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall,
£2 - £4

On August 30 1916 Sir Ernest Shackleton’s men were rescued from Elephant Island – their refuge after their ship Endurance was crushed by pack ice. Shackleton had gone by small boat to South Georgia for help, through icy storms and mountainous seas. Dr Maria Pia Casarini of the Silvio Zavatti […]

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2:00 pm

ICE LAND TO JUTLAND

September 5, 2016 → 2:00 pm3:00 pm
Town Hall, Kirkwall,
£2 - £4

Ice fatally delayed the Terra Nova’s efforts to bring supplies to Captain Scott in the Antarctic. Arriving back in the UK, the crew’s lives were soon changed by war. It took them to the Western Front, Gallipoli – and in 1916 the battle of Jutland. Writer Anne Strathie tells their […]

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SNAP! A WORKSHOP OF SCIENCE AND ART

September 5, 2016 → 2:00 pm4:00 pm
The Crafthub, The Pier, Rousay,

Join local artist Louise Barrington and Dr Michael Wharmby from Diamond Light Source in Oxfordshire to find out how repeating patterns featured in art and science are used extensively in the natural world. Just what is a fractal? How do the patterns in wallpaper relate to the structures of seashells? […]

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3:30 pm

THE MINE, THE STORM, THE MESSAGE ON THE SHORE

September 5, 2016 → 3:30 pm4:30 pm
Town Hall, Kirkwall,
£2 - £4

Ever since the cruiser Hampshire’s loss off Marwick Head with Lord Kitchener on board, the question has been asked: could the message have been passed on better? Prof. Tom Stevenson looks at the communication systems of the time, on sea and shore, with Bill Stevenson of Orkney Wireless Museum and […]

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5:15 pm

THE ORIGIN OF COMETS

September 5, 2016 → 5:15 pm6:15 pm
Town Hall, Kirkwall,
£2 - £4

Prof. Mark Bailey, Emeritus Director of Armagh Observatory, tells the story of the discovery and search for comets in the dark outskirts of our planetary system, and the central role they play in current theories of our solar system. (Please note change of venue.)

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7:30 pm

A MESSAGE OF A MILLION YEARS

September 5, 2016 → 7:30 pm8:30 pm
King Street Halls, Kirkwall,
£2 - £4

A 1.2 million year-old human jawbone from the Atapuerca cave in northern Spain shows that Europe was inhabited much earlier than was thought, and that the first Europeans may have come from Asia rather than Africa. Dr María Martinón-Torres of University College London describes her discovery and its remarkable implications.

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9:00 pm

THE PEOPLE OF THE BRITISH ISLES

September 5, 2016 → 9:00 pm10:00 pm
King Street Halls, Kirkwall,
£2 - £4

Celts, Romans, Normans, Vikings – what are the various ancestral mixtures across the UK? The most detailed genetic map of any country in the world has been produced by a project funded by the Wellcome Trust. Sir Walter Bodmer from Oxford University, who conceived it and led it, outlines the […]

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9:05 pm

9 – 11 pm Meet up at the Festival Club at The Reel

September 5, 2016 → 9:05 pm11:30 pm
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