Orkney Image Library

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Click to View The Orkney Image Library contains images and anecdotes about the area. There are 11988 pictures and 22756 comments on the site for you to browse through. Images can be viewed by YEAR, by ALBUM, by GROUP, or by CONTRIBUTOR, or you can use the simple SEARCH at the top of this page.
Please note! Orkneycommunities is not in the position to authorise use of these pictures on other sites or in other publications. Any such use should only be with the agreement of the contributor and/or copyright holder! And... I'm sure you can understand why anonymous comments are unlikely to be published.
Handy hints If you want to check up on new additions, use the Additions link above to see what's been added recently. Or use the 5-10-20-50 option to expand all the boxes below- it isn't just for the comments. You can now upload your own images directly using the form further down the page. It's dead easy, just hit the 'Browse' button and find the picture on your own computer that you wish to upload, then hit 'Upload' to send it. Note that when you are asked for the year the picture was taken it HAS to be a four digit number like 1965 and NOT something like 1960ish. If you are unsure of the date just give it your best guess. If you are timed out when uploading you might need to reduce the sizes of the pictures so that the filesize is no more than approx. 1.2MB If you have any problems just contact us at contact@orkneycommunities.co.uk
When viewing the pictures, PLEASE leave your own comments using the form at the foot of each page. You might know a face, a date or a story about the photo. In this way we will continue to build an extensive collection of information, reminiscences and anecdotes about Orkney that is easily accessible to everyone. Orkneycommunities.co.uk was part funded by Orkney Enterprise and LEADER+, and now is a wholly self-sustaining community enterprise.
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Willie Bews

1982 Willie Bews, Probably the best BT engineer ever,

11988 pictures | 22756 comments
Willie Bews
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GEORGE REID 1755-1859Yesnaby CastleSouth Aisle, St Magnus CathedralSkara BraeThe Nave, St Magnus CathedralLinks House Birsay, 1930sKirkwall BasinMain Street, FinstownEarl's Palace and St Magnus Cathedral, colourisedCroft interiorIngle NookThe SS Borg ashore in Birsay BayBirsay Village, 1900sAncient fireplace in Orkney croftNorth Walls School?North Walls SchoolNorth Walls School day outHarvest Time, Orkney postcardQueen Street, StromnessKGS 1938KÄTHE NIEDERKIRCHNER, sunk at Muckle SkerryKÄTHE NIEDERKIRCHNER, sunk at Muckle SkerryBishop Graham's house, StromnessColourised portrait of Tom KentColourised photo of farmer from Papdale FarmHall of Clestrain open day 13 - last pictureHall of Clestrain open day 12Hall of Clestrain open day 11Hall of Clestrain open day 10Hall of Clestrain open day 9Hall of Clestrain open day 8Hall of Clestrain open day 7Hall of Clestrain open day 6Hall of Clestrain open day 5Hall of Clestrain open day 4Hall of Clestrain open day 3Hall of Clestrain open day 2Hall of Clestrain open day 1 Painting of George Thomas Mainland born 1811James Thomson, JoinerVisiting yachts from LossiemouthMystery gymnastics teamSammy and Hugh Johnston, BraesideJohnstons at Braeside, LonghopeFree pass to HoutonAerial view of KirkwallDoorway to The Gallery, Bridge StreetScaffolding on Cathedral west frontConstruction of new cathedral spireCathedral from ButtquoySt Magnus Cathedral pre restorationSt Magnus Cathedral pre restorationJohn JohnstonJohn JohnstonPaterson UF Church, KirkwallFree Kirk, King Street, KirkwallInside St Olaf's church after addition of towerSt Olaf's after addition of towerSt Olaf's before towerDamaged wall, 50 Albert StreetDamaged wall, 50 Albert StreetDedication of War MemorialGarsons in Stavanger 1964
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Mystery person and contributorUnidentified House & PeopleHMS Vanguard memorial LynessFlood in Albert Street, Kirkwall.The old Legion club 'colour'SwansHeddle family, Horraldshay, Firth c. 1911FinstownHarray School picnicDeerness Primary SchoolBuilding work at SMHKirkwall from the air 2