Orkney Image Library

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Click to View The Orkney Image Library contains images and anecdotes about the area. There are 12288 pictures and 23498 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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Meg Peckham and Ida Woodham

Meg Peckham on the left & Ida Woolham’s & Fanny the cat. They were described as Dot &Carry on their way up North. Known in Orkney as The ‘Woodpeckers’. Dated 1966 Courtesy The Countryman magazine.

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Meg Peckham and Ida Woodham
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Unknown from Baikie clanPapdale Primary P1 or P2 concertNeuketineuksShopping Week Fancy DressGarrich StreetJDRF Sponsored Walk/Run in FlottaCatching spootsRoyal Oak oil removalGarson Flotta. Approz 1974Looking down Bridge Street, KirkwallBS Registration NumberTullock's after the fire, 1981.