Orkney Heritage Society are pleased to announce the publication of the ninth volume of its New Orkney Antiquarian Journal.

The ninth volume is devoted to the Orkney Heritage Society’s project to commemorate the victims of the Orkney witchcraft trials.

The journal focusses on witchcraft trials held in Kirkwall between 1594 and 1706. Who were the women and men accused, and of what were they accused? What were the beliefs underlaying these trials and what motivated the accusers?

This special edition of the New Orkney Antiquarian Journal will be launched in an online event on Thursday 24th September at 7pm.

The event will include talks from Prof Liv Willumsen, University of the Arctic, leading researcher on the witch trials of Finnmark and Orkney, and from Dr Ragnhild Ljosland, University of the Highlands and Islands, publication editor: “The psychology of the witchcraft trials”, followed by questions and dialogue.

This virtual launch will be available to join via Zoom, and to attend online you will first need to register via Eventbrite: click here. Free to register, but numbers are limited.

New Orkney Antiquarian Journal Volume 9 is now available to purchase via the OHS website’s bookshop. where you can find more detail about the journal.