Stromness Museum blog

two sealskin boots, one is upright and the other is positioned on its side
Katy Firth | 22nd September 2021
In this blog Exhibition Assistant Katy Firth explores the power which objects have, to connect people across time and place.   
The photograph shows limpets and dog whelks on a rock face.  The dog whelk is feeding on limpet.
Holly Young | 26th July 2021
Guest blogger Holly Young gives a fascinating insight into the dietary habits of some of the molluscs found on our shores.
A dark wooden traverse board used in navigation.  The holes in the board are used for pegs.
Norna Sinclair | 30th April 2021
Exhibition Assistant and keen sailor, Norna Sinclair shares her favourite objects in the museum's collection - the traverse boards.
Photograph of several drawers containing shells
Holly Young | 5th March 2021
In this guest blog, Holly Young highlights Robert Rendall's work on Orkney shells.
On the left is a photograph of a spinyy starfish, and on the right a fossil crinoid
Katy Firth | 1st March 2021
In this blog, Exhibition Assistant Katy Firth presents five facts about these familiar underwater creatures.
View of Stromness. © Estate of Keith Allardyce
Janette Park FMA | 15th February 2021
Curator Janette Park looks at the history and legacy of Sea Haven: Stromness in the Orkney Islands.
Stromness from the sea showing the houses huddled together along the harbour. Image credit: Creative commons
Norna Sinclair | 29th January 2021
Exhibition Assistant Norna Sinclair reflects on 'Our Homestown Stromness' and 'By the Sea' collaborative projects between Stromness Museum and Stromness Primary School.  The results of the project are two colourful murals. 
Envelope which contained four copper turners from the reign of Charles I
Dr Siobhan Cooke-Miller | 25th January 2021
Learn more about the Pow Hoard, a collection of copper coins discovered at Pow Farm in 1955.
Janette Park FMA | 15th January 2021
In this week's blog our curator, Janette Park, gives a brief history of Orkney's straw plait industry.
Petra Kisgergely | 15th December 2020
This winter we hosted a virtual placement - Petra Kisgergely, a third-year archaeology student at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Inverness.  During the placement Petra researched and curated an online exhibition.  In this blog post she reflects on her experience.