Orkney Image Library

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Click to View The Orkney Image Library contains images and anecdotes about the area. There are 12370 pictures and 23620 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.
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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 16/10, 32/20 etc. 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. If you have any problems just contact us at contact@orkneycommunities.co.uk
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Scapa Distillery staff

Further to picture #28756 here is another obviously taken at the same time of Scapa Distillery staff. I've just realised George Cowie is seated at the centre and I wonder if the occasion could have been his retirement.

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Scapa Distillery staff
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Opening of new offices at Scapa DistilleryDundas Street Stromness1950 Ferguson TE20  tractor crossing the BarriersJames GroundwaterMrs Elizabeth CooperDounby Agricultural Show 1956 (6/6)Dounby Agricultural Show 1956 (5/6)Dounby Agricultural Show 1956 (4/6)Dounby Agricultural Show 1956 (3/6)Dounby Agricultural Show 1956 (2/6)Dounby Agricultural Show 1956 (1/6)Orkney Dramatic Society productionOn Sutherland's Pier?On the St Ola?Mystery gent at harvest timeMystery horsewomanMystery horsemanThe MetronomesPeggy and George ArthurPrint of the Italian ChapelPrint of cathedralThe Cathedral in The Peerie SeaScapa School around 1933John Johnston’s Parish of Walls war tokenEditors of the Stromnessian 64/65?Stromness Academy perform Merchant of VeniceNorth Ronaldsay Lighthouse at Dennis HeadJohn Johnston’s Parish of Walls war tokenRackwick, HoyBurnmouth Cottage, Rackwick, HoyBurnmouth Cottage, Rackwick, HoyDerelict building near BurwickSt Peter's Kirk, Eastside, South RonaldsayHoy hills with Hall of ClestrainGun emplacements,BurrayRackwick beachSouth Ronaldsay from Olad viewpointCreel boat returning home to BrimsAt Longhope Lifeboat MuseumPort side lounge on MV AlfredCar deck on the new MV AlfredUpper desk of MV Alfred3rd Barrier taken from below Weddell FarmLonghope Lifeboat Museum from the Thomas McCunLonghope Lifeboat Museum from the Thomas McCunnBrough of Birsay on a wild weekendFormer Orkney Arts TheatreSunset in Mid-Summer at GrimbisterThe Brough o' BorwickThe Brough o BiggingQui Ayre, YesnabyMarwick Head from the BaySunset near the Black CraigHamnavoe Care HomeHole o' RoweMeg Peckham and Ida WoodhamThe Sites and Monuments of the other south islesThe former 'Guest House' on CavaSmall lighthouse on Calf of CavaMuckle Hoose on CavaWindwick - Johnston nuptials, CanadaAlexander (Sandy) Dunnett WINDWICK JrWindwicksAlex Windwick Sr?
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Raising the fleetSPM in Scapa FlowStromness Shopping Week 2007Lord HornePogoria leaving Stromness3rd Year in Old KGSHexagonal BuildingWilliam Mitchell on Loyal ProctorFirth ChurchRoseabelle YorstonKytra retrun trip to SpainSunset Heel of Hoy in snow