Stromness Museum blog

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.
Surrendering German sailors. Orkney Library & Archive.
Tom Muir | 24th October 2019
Guest blog by Tom Muir on the murder of German sailor Kuno Eversberg.
Dr Joanne Porter | 14th October 2019
Guest blog from Dr Joanne Porter on the discovery on a fan mussel while diving on the wreck of SMS Karlsruhe.  Dr Joanne Porter is Associate Professor and Acting Director/Director of Studies at International Centre Island Technology, Heriot Watt University.
Katy Firth | 14th October 2019
Exhibition Assistant Katy Firth translates two postcards, written by loved ones in Germany, to sailors on the interned German High Seas Fleet.  The postcards give us a small glimpse into the lives of the people who wrote and received them, illuminating their thoughts, experiences and insecurities.  
Katy Firth | 18th August 2019
Exhibition Assistant Katy Firth shares her experience of running animation workshops for the first time.