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THE MUSICAL FIREMAN WHO LOOKED AT THE STARS

Baptist Church, Victoria Street, Kirkwall

Johan Daniel Berlin, born in 1714, was in charge of the fire station and waterworks in Trondheim – and was also a writer, mapmaker, inventor, astronomer, meteorologist, organist – and composer. Maarten de Vries tells the story; George McPhee provides the music.

£2 – £4

WALK: THE OLD BOATYARDS OF STROMNESS

From Stromness Museum

Join Bryce Wilson for a walk to follow the story of Baikie’s boatyard, which built over 120 yoles and dinghies, and Stanger’s yard, which built brigs, sloops, schooners, smacks and ketches.

£1 – £3

SCIENCE AT THE SEA SCHOOL

Nautical School, Stromness

Learn about knots and ropework, blocks and pulleys, and some old Norse navigational skills. Booking essential: phone 01856 569401.

£2 – £4

FAMILY DAY

King Street Halls, Kirkwall

Make a constellation chart, a molecule, a geometric lantern, an upcycled accessory to wear. Write in runes, study ancient seeds and pollen, and try a Raspberry Pi. Learn about maplatics, salmon, shellfish. Make your own cloud chamber and see particles from outer space. Learn about modelling for 3D printing, journeying

£2 – £4

THE MYSTERY LIGHTS OF HESSDALEN

Baptist Church, Victoria Street, Kirkwall

Strange, hovering, flashing balls of light have been seen in a Norwegian valley for more than a century. Are they connected to ball lightning? Erling Petter Strand of Østfold University College, who has been studying them for more than thirty years, show pictures and describes possibilities.

£2 – £4

VINTAGE RALLY

Broad Street, Kirkwall

Orkney Vintage Club with cars, motorbikes, tractors and stationary engines; plus electric cars, street food from 12 noon, green home information, and the Willowburn Valley Stompers at 2 pm.

THE ORKNEY YOLE, AND HOW TO BUILD IT

Town Hall, Church Road, Stromness

Naval architect Dennis Davidson describes how the design of the Orkney yole evolved and how islanders used it for their survival. Len Wilson tells how he built the three-sailed South Isles yole Gremsa in 2000, from moulds and construction to rigging and launching.

£2 – £4

WALK WITH THE ORKNEY BOAT

Baptist Church, Victoria Street, Kirkwall

An Orkney siltstone from Devonian times, carved with footprints for the legend of an ancient boat, has been travelling across Norway this summer, to Bergen, Oslo and Trondheim. Artist Beatrice Searle shows images of the journey, of people and landscape.

£2 – £4

MUSIC OF ST MAGNUS

Baptist Church, Victoria Street, Kirkwall

A lecture/recital on music of the time of St Magnus, featuring vocal and instrumental pieces from Britain and Europe, and a demonstration of the instruments thought to have been used at the time, including lyre, lur, harp, symphonia, bone flutes, pan pipes, bladder pipe, fiddle and percussion, with David Griffith,

£2 – £4

VIKING SHIPS AND ARCTIC TRADERS

Town Hall, Church Road, Stromness

How did the fast and elegant ships of the Viking Age develop? Marine scientist Eric McVicar, who lived amongst the Sea Sami and studied their boats and boatbuilding traditions, suggests they hold the key.

£2 – £4

SEAWEED PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

From car park, Brough of Birsay

Join photographer Rebecca Marr in a unique workshop combining seaweed foraging and photography as part of Stromness Museum's year-long celebration of the life and work of Rev. Dr Charles Clouston. Identify and collect seaweed today, then photograph tomorrow morning in Stromness. Ages 12+, booking essential from Stromness Museum 01856 850025.

THE BELLS OF ABERDOVEY

Baptist Church, Victoria Street, Kirkwall

Church bells ring, says an old Welsh legend, from the drowned lands in Cardigan Bay – where today remnants of a sunken forest appear at low tide. The story of discoveries made there is told by Dr Richard Bates of St Andrews University, together with his brother Dr Martin Bates

£2 – £4

GREEN INVOLUTIONS OF THE MIND

King Street Halls, Kirkwall

Robert Rendall had several different lives – in poetry, marine science, and writing theology. Could there be an underlying connection? Brian Murray, John Flett Brown, Jon Side and Neil Dickson look at different aspects, with guest readers. Tickets £5 & £3 include tea at interval.

£3 – £5

WEST SIDE CINEMA: TESLA SHORTS

Town Hall, Church Road, Stromness

Quirky, funny and thought-provoking films on the themes of Tesla's inventions and ideas – electricity, space, weather control, anti-gravity and even time travel! Doors open 7.15 pm. Tickets at door £5 & £3 (students and Young Scot).

£3 – £5