Orkney Image Library

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Click to View The Orkney Image Library contains images and anecdotes about the area. There are 12082 pictures and 23130 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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Orkney Gunners 1914-18

Photograph of Orkney gunners 1914-1918. Can anyone identify the building or any of the men in the photo.

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Orkney Gunners 1914-18
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Skeabrae Control Tower demolitionLinkshouse, BirsayBlack Building from the airMaes HoweHalls of ResidenceKirkwall Arts TheatreBa in Broad StreetBa at the BrigNew PictureCoach trip to Orkney 1997St Magnus Cathedral copper spireSS Inverlane before disappearingSS Inverlane before disappearingBombardier Stanley Florence SpenceMystery place but not peopleMystery peopleMystery personMystery peopleMystery peopleJemmima Thomison?Horries againHorries in DeernessField of oats at Lower GrindallyLower Palace, Birsay from across the burnEarl's Palace from the southPVT William Skea Folster or twin brother DavidFinstown Telegram and Post OfficeSt Magnus(IV) leaving Kirkwall pier c1962The Brough of Birsay from the Point of WheetalloThe Point of WheetalloMarwick HeadHarvest time in Birsay, Upper GrindallyBirsay 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 HoyVisit to Orkney by photographer John TraillAncient croft fireplaceKirkwall City Pipe Band on board shipVictoria Street, KirkwallMrs Stevenson, possibly EvieInvoice for work on Waas boatProf. John William Cormack GunnHoy Primary SchoolStenness HotelMary Louttit1918. S.S. Relics from the building of the BarriersHoy from the Point of NessFinstown from WidefordKirbister School, Orphir, 1926Well-heeled mermaid
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