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Monthly Archive November 2020

The Laura Grimond Award for Architectural Projects 2020

The 2020 Laura Grimond Award for Architectural Projects has been given to Robbie and Emma Thomson for their outstanding restoration of a long derelict Grade B Listed eighteenth century house and farm buildings at Hestikelday in Holm. The Thomsons use of recycled material, rather than buying new, sets this project apart and emphasizes the merits of recognising their achievement by presenting them with this award.

OHS Vice President, Sheena Wenham presenting Robbie Thomson with a framed certificate and Emma Thomson receiving her certificate from OHS Chairman, Spencer Rosie.

Hestikelday is still a work in progress with the kiln and peat store currently being restored.Many people will be familiar with the property, having featured on TV earlier this year on the Orkney and Shetland episode of ‘Scotland’s Home of the Year’.






The Laura Grimond Award was established in 1999 in memory of Laura Grimond, with the aim of encouraging and promoting excellence in the built environment of Orkney, a subject dear to her heart. It was originally run as a competition, with nominations being submitted. The difficulty of obtaining qualified judges meant it fell into abeyance for a few years. The award was re-established in 2019, with the Board of OHS giving out an occasional award to a building development that contributes to preserving the architectural heritage of Orkney.

Orkney Heritage Society applauds the Thomsons for their high quality restoration of Hestikelday and look forward to seeing the completion of their works.

OHS Annual General Meeting, 19th November 2020 7pm via Zoom

Orkney Heritage Society’s Annual General Meeting will be held on 19th November 2020 at 7pm.

Despite the global Covid-19 pandemic crisis, OHS has had another busy year and there is much to hear about and celebrate. The AGM provides an opportunity for members to get together to exchange ideas for future activities of the Society. This year the AGM will have to be held virtually, which gives more people the chance to attend.
The meeting will be on Zoom at 7.00pm on Thursday 19th November 2020. To receive a link for the meeting please go to Eventbrite by clicking on this link:
This will allow us to collect e-mail addresses and so confirm which attendees of the meeting are members.

One of the key topics for discussion is the adoption of a modified Constitution. Below you will find a link to a document outlining the proposed changes and the reasoning behind them, along with the existing and proposed constitutions. Also the 2019 AGM Minutes, 2020 AGM Agenda and Trustees’ Report.

As ever there is an opportunity to get involved and this year there are vacancies on the Board. We are therefore looking forward to welcoming new members to the Board and would hope you will consider standing. Normally, meetings are generally held every six weeks on an evening in Kirkwall and last for about two hours. This year our meetings are online.

However, please do not be put off attending (virtually) the AGM if you don’t want to stand. The Society needs all its members, and you will be very welcome irrespective of whether you can get involved.

Please email if you would like more information.

Following the conclusion of business, Caroline Wickham-Jones will give a short talk on Heritage past and future and OHS Secretary Neil Kermode will give a short presentation on the challenges the Society sees coming and to explain the Society’s campaigning this year.

Existing Constitution

Proposed Changes to Constitution

Draft – Updated Constitution

2020 OHS Trustees’ Report

Minutes of 2019 OHS AGM

Agenda for 2020 OHS AGM