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50th Anniversary of the Orkney County Council Act:   A Talk by Howie Firth

50th Anniversary of the Orkney County Council Act:   A Talk by Howie Firth
Monday 26th February 2024 7.30pm
St Magnus Centre Friends’ Room
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Orkney County Council Act which, along with its counterpart in Shetland, allowed the islands to control oil developments, and provided environmental protection and economic benefits which continue today. Working in the local media in the late 1970s, Howie met the people behind the drawing up of this important and farsighted piece of legislation and heard about the thinking behind it. With Orkney on the cusp of major renewable energy developments both onshore and offshore, are there lessons to be learnt for today from the 1974 Act?

Free entry, but numbers limited. Please reserve your place via Eventbrite at the link below. Donations to OHS welcome on the night!

Orkney Heritage Society AGM and talk by John Leith: Letters from Below Decks – 7pm 16th November 2023

The Annual General Meeting of the Orkney Heritage Society will be held at the St Magnus Centre, Kirkwall, at 7pm on 16th November 2023.

The meeting will be followed by a talk by John Leith: Letters from Below Decks.

In the late 18th / early 19th centuries the Leith brothers went to sea. They sent and received letters, many of which still exist. John Leith talks about what he has found so far researching these letters and some of the questions raised for further research.


Documents for OHS AGM 16 Nov 2023:

OHS 2023 AGM Agenda

DRAFT 2022 AGM Minute

HAMISH HENDERSON : A Musical & Literary Celebration – Free public talk 3rd August

In 2019, Professor Freeman marked the centenary of the birth of Hamish Henderson at Orkney Library and Archives with a ‘breathless declamatory account … of Scotland’s finest folklorist and songwriter’ (The Orcadian).

This is a follow-up lecture based upon Freeman’s new tribute CD to Henderson, ‘Ballad of the Banffies’ and his new book, Conversation Pieces.

Free tickets via Eventbrite:

Amongst his accolades, Henderson personally accepted the surrender of Italy during WW II; won the Somerset Maugham Prize for Literature for his war elegies, and helped found The School of Scottish Studies. Moreover, his achievement has been fully acknowledged by Nelson Mandela, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan amongst so many others.

Fred Freeman is Professor of Traditional Music and Scots Language at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow. He is producer of some 49 internationally acclaimed CDs and author of over 100 writings on Scottish music, literature, language and history.

The lecture will take place in the MacGillivray Room, Orkney Library & Archives, on 3 August at 2pm until 3.30pm. If you register for a space but subsequently cannot attend, please return your ticket via Eventbrite to allow someone else a space.

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