Kiln Corner, Kirkwall: Mon-Sat 1000-1600

From a crystal set to a U-boat radio, the Museum is a treasure chest of radio and social history. You can see early thermionic valve radios, and also Orkney’s first jukebox. There is the transmitter that sent wartime messages in Morse Code from Holm to Bomber and Coastal Command, and the Morse key that linked North Ronaldsay to the outside world through all weathers from before World War I.


  • More images inspired by the influence of Dr Kathleen Drew Baker on the Japanese seaweed industry. It will include over a dozen artists who work with seaweed in printmaking, photography, painting, textiles and sculpture. Among them are Alison Clark, Alison Moore, Ingrid Budge, Megumi Barrington Uenoyama, Yvonne Harcus, Julia Lohmann, Mollie Goldstrom & William Arnold, Rebecca Marr, Ami Robb and Ingrid Stout.

  • Three exhibitions are woven together in the gallery near the harbour front. Mother of the Sea is linked to the Northlight Gallery exhibition. A Fragile Correspondence was commissioned by Scotland + Venice to bring writers, artists and architects together to look at language and landscape, including Orkney’s seashore and the vanished Orkney Norn language. Earthbound Orkney features techniques of building in earth and stone in the Orcadian Neolithic.

  • “The shore dweller has companionship with the free world of nature,” wrote the Orkney poet and shell expert Robert Rendall. “There is always life and movement, birds flying about, waves breaking, salt winds blowing, an occasional seal in the bay, seapinks and other flowers giving colour to the foreshore.” The Orkney shore, its beaches and rock pools, and the life around it, forms the theme for this year’s Orkney Camera Club exhibition.

  • A new introductory display created by Callum Potter, former president of the British Astronomical Society. Great Comets which are easily visible to the casual viewer are rare, but there are now thousands known to reside around our solar system. The display depicts comets in history from Halley to Neowise, along with the science behind comets, space missions to comets, and photographs of comets in the 20th and 21st century.

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