Last chance to see ‘Who were the lost men and boys?’ exhibition

This is the last week to catch the HMS Pheasant 1917 exhibition created by Fiona Graham, Cary Welling & Martin Laird at Hoy Heritage Centre, Hoy Kirk. The exhibition will close on Thursday 03 September.

The entire crew of HMS Pheasant were sadly lost off Rora Head, Hoy in 1917.

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Hoy Heritage Centre is always open. Come in and explore our community archives.

Seeing the Valley of Light

We are delighted to once again be part of the Orkney International Science Festival!

The events are online this year and you can tune in to the Hoy evening on Friday 03 September at 6:15 when it will be streamed via the festival’s YouTube channel.

Take a journey to Rackwick in Hoy, one of George Mackay Brown’s favourite places.

Between those strong red cliffs
Under that great mild sky
Lies Orkney’s last enchantment
The hidden valley of light.

– from Rackwick by George Mackay Brown

Filmmaker Mark Jenkins brings together images of Rackwick with voices past and present, using a slow cinema approach to focus on the aural experience. The film was created in response to ‘The Hidden Valley of Light’, one of the ‘Tales o Hoy’ podcast episodes developed for the Hoy Heritage Centre.

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Craa’s Nest Museum in Rackwick. Pull up a chair at home and transport yourself to the Hidden Valley of Light on 03 September at 6:15pm as part of the online Orkney International Science Festival.

The full series of Tales o Hoy podcasts can be found here, each accompanied by photographs and an interactive map of the places mentioned.

One foot in Eden

The British Film Institute have released the 1978 film One Foot in Eden free to view on YouTube. The film is a portrait of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and of Orkney.

The poetry of George Mackay Brown, Robert Rendall and Edwin Muir features, as does the ferry to Moaness, the cliffs of Hoy and Rackwick.

Throughout the film, Davies’ often sparse, experimental music accompanies the majestic island landscapes, giving a sense of both their ancient beauty and their danger. 

Davies worked across many styles of music, and the film includes extracts from Ave Maris Stella, O Magnum Mysterium and the final scene of his opera The Martyrdom of Saint Magnus. We also hear George Mackay Brown reading his own verse, as well as quotations from the works of Edwin Muir, Robert Rendell and the ancient Orkneyinga Saga.

– from BFI website

You can find out more about Max and Hoy here.

And you can catch Max and George in the Tales o Hoy episode ‘Hidden Valley of Light’ here.