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08 January 2018Jessie Cumloquoy, Birsay Postmistress
James Irvine, editor of HMS Hampshire: A Century on Myths and Mysteries Unravelled, has recently been in touch with Jock Cumloquoy, great nephew of Jessie Cumloquoy, the Birsay Postmistress in 1916. She had seen a large warship was in distress and went to the Post Office to be ready to send a telegram from the territorial soldiers on lookout duty to the authorities in Kirkwall and Stromness.
Jock has kindly forwarded this remarkable portrait of his great aunt. Jessie had the first message transmitted before Hampshire had sunk!
24 September 2017Orkney Heritage Society's HMS Hampshire book nominated for prestigious award
The Orkney Heritage Society's publication HMS Hampshire: a Century of Myths and Mysteries Unravelled has been nominated for the Maritime Foundation's Mountbatten Maritime Award for Best Literary Contribution.
This year marks the twenty-second year of the Maritime Media Awards, launched by the Maritime Foundation to honour journalists, authors and others whose work in the media has served to create greater public understanding of maritime issues, and of Britain’s manifold dependence on the sea.
The Maritime Media Awards 2017 will take place on Wednesday, 8th November at the Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London.
HMS Hampshire: a Century of Myths and Mysteries Unravelled is available for sale online via The Orcadian Bookshop
16 May 2017Eynhallow trip tickets on sale 1st June
The tickets for the Orkney Heritage Society's annual trip to Eynhallow will go on sale exclusively from our website on 1st June 2017.
16 May 2017Interested in archaeological survey?
The Archaeology Institute are running another Archaeological Building Survey workshop in Kirkwall next week on Fri 19th and Sat 20th May (10am – 3pm): courtyard to rear of 10-12 Victoria Street
This continues on from their work at Parliament Square in April and the town centre excavations, surveys and gardens digs last year in the Kirkwall THI Archaeology Programme. There will be basic training in building survey techniques, hands on mapping, photography and a trip to the archives.
They will be working in the court yard to the rear of Finns former shop (10-12 Victoria Street), opposite RBS bank. Access is through the gate to the right of Spence’s Newsagents. The day will include training in scale drawing, photography, written records and how to look at buildings archaeologically. The building contains large amounts of reused medieval stone.
They will also be recording the Old Castle on Main Street the following weekend (26-27 May, with some laser scanning the day after on the 28th)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
03 May 20172017 Eynhallow Trip
The Orkney Heritage Society is pleased to announce that the annual trip to Eynhallow will take place on Tuesday 4th July, with Wednesday 5th July as a backup date in case of weather or tidal disruptions.
Tickets shall be on sale shortly. For further info click here.