Orkney Image Library

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Click to View The Orkney Image Library contains images and anecdotes about the area. There are 12050 pictures and 23080 comments on the site for you to browse through. Images can be viewed by YEAR, by ALBUM, by GROUP, or by CONTRIBUTOR, or you can use the simple SEARCH at the top of this page.
Please note! Orkneycommunities is not in the position to authorise use of these pictures on other sites or in other publications. Any such use should only be with the agreement of the contributor and/or copyright holder! And... I'm sure you can understand why anonymous comments are unlikely to be published.
Handy hints If you want to check up on new additions, use the Additions link above to see what's been added recently. Or use the 5-10-20-50 option to expand all the boxes below- it isn't just for the comments. You can now upload your own images directly using the form further down the page. It's dead easy, just hit the 'Browse' button and find the picture on your own computer that you wish to upload, then hit 'Upload' to send it. Note that when you are asked for the year the picture was taken it HAS to be a four digit number like 1965 and NOT something like 1960ish. If you are unsure of the date just give it your best guess. If you are timed out when uploading you might need to reduce the sizes of the pictures so that the filesize is no more than approx. 1.2MB If you have any problems just contact us at contact@orkneycommunities.co.uk
When viewing the pictures, PLEASE leave your own comments using the form at the foot of each page. You might know a face, a date or a story about the photo. In this way we will continue to build an extensive collection of information, reminiscences and anecdotes about Orkney that is easily accessible to everyone. Orkneycommunities.co.uk was part funded by Orkney Enterprise and LEADER+, and now is a wholly self-sustaining community enterprise.
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Harvest time in Birsay, Upper Grindally

Harvest time in Birsay in 1966. Upper Grindally in the background. Stooks were blown over by the wind. Field to the right of the road now safely gathered.

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Harvest time in Birsay, Upper Grindally
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Birsay from the Brough, with Joe MatchesSimpsons at Upper Setter, Hoy4 generations of James Simpsons on Flotta or HoyHugh and Andrew Simpson, HoyMarine Survey Vessel Triton alongside NLB PierFormer KGSFormer Papdale Halls of ResidenceJ Stanger, ContractorHaddock fishermen in Castra Geo BirsayCarting peats in the Birsay hillMystery familyStaneranda or Stanerandy in BirsayKirbister Farm, BirsayView of Earl's Palace, BirsayPartially stooked field 1965Melsetter area on the Island of Hoy


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