Rackwick Then & Now

Archaeologist Dan Lee has been a friend of the Hoy Heritage Centre over the years bringing us talks and walks and providing fascinating reports for visitors to read. We are delighted to be able to share these resources with you online.

The Rackwick Survey (2014/2015) was undertaken by the Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA), University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute. Dan worked with the community over two summers recording 174 sites and monuments. These included post-medieval sites and modern sites as well as places associated with folklore. The camp used by theBBC during the 1967 Old Man of Hoy outdoor broadcast was traced and recorded, WWII sites and telecommunications and power installations were researched. This report is a fascinating read tracking Rackwick from its origins in the Norse period to the valley as it is today.

For these then and now photographs, Dan Lee and Karl Reid worked with Orkney Library & Archive and Hoy Archive images and rephotographed the sites.

Use the slider below to travel back and fore through time

The Rackwick Survey was funded by the Orkney Islands Council and Orkney Archaeology Society.