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Longhope Lifeboat Museum Exhibition closes this week.

The splendidly put together exhibition by the Longhope Lifeboat Museum will close this Thursday, a week earlier than planned. So make sure you catch it at Hoy Kirk before it ends. We will be taking it down on Friday morning.

The boards, kindly on loan from Orkney Museums, are needed in North Ronaldsay. We look forward to hearing what they will be showing on them up there.

Thank you again to the Longhope Lifeboat Museum for showing their exhibition with us at Hoy Kirk Heritage Centre.

Friday is also the last day for votes for the Picturing Hoy public choice exhibition- details here.

image: Harry Berry

Picturing Hoy- your choice

We were delighted to receive funding from the Orkney Islands Council Culture Fund towards a new exhibition, Picturing Hoy – a selection of ten images – but which ones? We are asking the Hoy community and the wider community to select which ten they would like to see in the exhibition.

The selection has been put together to augment what we already have at Hoy Heritage Centre rather than duplicate anything, and we have looked for images that put people in the picture. We will be accompanying each image with text and audio where suitable.

So help us make the choice. Which ten are your Hoy choices?

Send in your ten number choices in the comments box or by contacting us here.


1. Return from fishing, Rackwick



2. The 1952 Hoy Dance at Hoy Hall. (We have names for nearly everyone in the photograph thanks to Cathy Clark.)



3. Cathy Rendall serving in the shop at Rackwick



4. Mary Mowat and her mother with Jack the ox collecting peats



5. Rackwick School



6. Ivy Mowat and brothers outside the shop in Rackwick



7. Visitors to the Dwarfie Stone now the view from the Sea eagle’s nest



8. Peat cutting in Hoy



9. Cathy Wilson of Whaness on her motorcycle



10. The old Moaness Pier



11. Before the pier was built



12. Harvest time



13. Hoy School pupils



14. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (Max) at work in his croft Bunnertoon in Rackwick -Gunnie Moberg Archive


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15. Building the new road to Rackwick 1926 (we have names for most of the men)



16. The Hoy Half Marathon which has been going for 33 years – Robert Ionides


Old Man of Hoy BBC Film Crew 1984

17. Filming at the Old Man of Hoy



18. Betty Corrigall’s grave – the tragic story of Betty Corrigall’s grave can be read here



19. The Hoy Express – a popular Edwardian postcard subject! See more here


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20. Isaac Moar Hoy Postmaster, Chick Chalmers  (we have the Hoy post stamp in this photograph on display following the PO closing in 2017).



21. Stevie’s Boat. Here it is the Triton but Stevie Mowat also captained the Scapa Ranger, the Jessie Ellen and MV Graemsay before retiring in 2012. Whatever her name it was always Stevie’s boat.

images: Hoy Heritage Archive, Orkney Library & Archive, Gunnie Moberg Archive, SCRAN.

Between the hills

These May days are perfect for a trip between the hills of Hoy through to Rackwick. Photographer Robert Heddle Roberston  born in 1872 took this photograph and it is one of nearly 2,500 glass plate negatives by RHR held at Orkney Library & Archive.

I wonder if the woman in the photograph was botanising? We are honoured to have been gifted a substantial library of books by the late Effy Everiss and we are in the process of cataloguing them ready to display later this month. It might be over a 100 years too late for the lady in the photograph but contemporary visitors will soon be able to confidently identify their mosses and grasses, fungi, lichen and more thanks to Effy’s generous gift. The collection will bear Effy’s name.