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OUTING AND WALK: FLOTTA – A HIDDEN GEM

Our island adventure will start with the ferry from Houton where we can look out for seabirds and cetaceans. Once on Flotta, we will enjoy a leisurely walk round the island enjoying the scenery and a wide variety of wildlife. Bring a picnic. Please note the ferry fare is included in the price. ...

£75

THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS

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Our whole society depends on measurements, billions of them every day. From the GPS on our phones, thorough precision healthcare and advanced manufacturing, to the more mundane weights and measures at the local market, we all rely on an accurate and trustworthy measurement system. ...

TEA FOR TRANSITION

Stromness Hotel

Join Daniel Kenning over tea/coffee/biscuits to hear more about the concept of Transition Engineering and the fresh approaches it offers for shaping paths to the future. Today he looks at how systems work, and how from history we can see how they respond to external change. ...

THE ARCTIC WHALERS

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

Len Wilson, former boatbuilder, tells the story of the men who manned the whalers, including James ‘Cutty’ Wilson and the wreck of the Wildfire amidst ice floes in Davis Strait. Naval architect Dennis Davidson of Murray Cormack Associates describes how the ships were strengthened to withstand the pressure of the ice and brings the story up to date with his own design of the aluminium motorboat Polar Bound ...

THE MAN WHO RAN THE KATHLEEN ANNIE

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

On 30 September 1924 the schooner Kathleen Annie ran aground on the Muckle Green Holm, south of Eday, with a cargo of spirit. Her master was Commander Frank Worsley, a man of immense courage who had captained Shackleton’s ship Endurance in the Antarctic. When the ship was crushed by ice, he skippered the small boat that went on an epic journey to South Georgia to seek rescue. ...

AFTERNOON TEAS

Peedie Kirk Hall, Kirkwall

The Peedie Kirk are back in action and look forward to welcoming you. Come along and enjoy the company and the opportunity to catch up.

£8

TREASURE ISLANDS: TALES OF MARINE SALVAGE

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In a lifetime’s career in marine salvage, Alec Crawford has explored wrecks from remains of the Spanish Armada to the SS Politician, the vessel made famous in the film Whisky Galore – and also the White Star Liner Oceanic, which, when built in 1899, was the biggest and most luxurious ship in the world. ...

FEASTING WITH THE EARLS AT THE BU

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

Dr Raymond Lamb Memorial Lecture Orkney Earls in Norse times had wealth and power, and the Orkneyinga Saga tells of various gatherings for feasting and drinking, with Orphir mentioned several times. Excavations at the Bu have provided insights into the possible location of an earl’s hall. A clue comes from a horizontal mill, fallen into disuse and filled with remains of cooked food: choice cuts of meat suggest a place of feasting nearby. ...

FROM HOY TO HUDSON BAY AND BACK

Hoy Kirk

Take the 6 pm ferry from Stromness for a journey to the old Nor’ Wast. Curator Janette Park of Stromness Museum tells the story of the long Orkney links with the Hudson’s Bay Company and the people of the region. Polar historian Dr Maria Pia Casarini tells the story of the company itself. ...

FILM: DARK ENCHANTED ISLE: FROM MOANESS PIER TO ORGIL

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Arrive by sea and take in the impressive view of the hills of Hoy. Meet the ferryman and watch the pier being built. On this journey you will hear about the shipwrecks of Hoy and the islanders’ rescue missions. Visit the Norse farm at the Bu, pass the medieval Kirk and hear about the bullock-pulled mail service, the Hoy Express. ...

THE SALT ROADS

Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall

How the salt fish trade connected Shetland with the rest of Europe for more than two hundred years. John Goodlad, who has worked in the seafood industry all his life, describes how salt fish from Shetland became one of the staple foods of Europe and powered the economy of the islands. ...

HAAL IN DA DROGUE AN GIE DA BOYS A BISCUIT

The Orkney Club, Harbour Street, Kirkwall

There’s a second part to the great story of the Shetland salt fish trade – this is the inspiration that it has given many artists, novelists, poets, film makers and musicians. A great Scottish poet went fishing for herring in Shetland, and a famous Faroese artist painted the fishermen of his home village at work. ...

THE ORKNEY SKY AT NIGHT

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Join Eric Walker for an hour of information about what to look for and how to recognise it. There will be pictures, star maps, and the opportunity to ask questions about stars and planets, and using a telescope. Eric, who’s the chair of Highlands Astronomical Society, will show images taken from his own back-garden observatory and from the Orkney sky this week. ...

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