gathering and Sharing
‘A great space with archives, exhibitions and artwork. A real treasure trove at the foot of the hills.‘
HOY HERITAGE CENTRE AT HOY KIRK IN ORKNEY, SCOTLAND.
We are a community run venue protecting and promoting the heritage of Hoy. We offer cultural events, exhibitions and a community archive. Our building, a former 19thC church, is always open. Free entrance.
We are a registered Scottish Charity – No. SC 034605.
Our exhibitions, displays and archive material cover many subjects including The Old Man of Hoy, Family history, Shipwrecks, Archaeology, Music, Art, Transport, Natural history. We have a well stocked library and folders to browse. We have changing exhibitions, films and audios. The vestry is now home to the RSPB Moorland Discovery Room.
And for your comfort we have toilets, a kitchen where you can make a cup of tea and the kirk is set out with table and chairs.
Hoy is the name of the island as well as the parish. The focus of our Heritage Centre is the parish of Hoy, Orkney. The current island population is around 390, and the population of the Hoy parish is approximately 40. The Hoy Heritage Archive covers the area that the kirk used to serve – from the north end of the island of Hoy to the parish line near Betty Corrigall’s grave, covering Rackwick and Braebuster.
The community bought the church and renovated the building, installing a kitchen and toilets, so that the kirk can be used as a multi-purpose venue. It now runs as a heritage centre and venue for music events, talks, private hire, weddings, funerals and occasional services.
To find out about the history of this 19thC building visit here.
WHAT Our VISITORS SAY
Beautiful, wee, well loved place. A pure delight.
It breathes life into a beautiful location.
A peaceful and tranquil place to find out more about this intriguing island.
A great place of welcome, trust and hospitality.
What a wonderful archive; the variety gives us a real idea of life on Hoy.
PATRONS Sally Beamish DMus, FRSE and Dame Evelyn Glennie CH, DBE
We are run by a committee of volunteers, Friends of the Hoy Kirk. Our Chair is Jeff Clark.
OUR VENUE IS AVAILABLE TO HIRE call 01856 811317
CONTACT US here