Alexander Graham protesting unfair tax levied on Stromness, standing behind a wealthy Kirkwall burgher with a protest placard.

Alexander Graham

Alexander Graham v. the Royal Burgh of Kirkwall Alexander Graham was a merchant who lived in Stromness, Orkney, in the 18th Century. At the time Stromness was growing from a tiny fishing village to a sizeable town due to its convenient location on the North Atlantic trade routes. This put it in competition with the […]

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A little boy is startled by his Granny becoming a frothing monster spectating the Ba.

The Ba

The Ba is a game of street football with few rules, and an indeterminate number of players, which takes place in Kirkwall on Chrismas Day and New Years’s Day every year. The game is overseen by committee, and tactics are carefully considered by the teams in advance. For the 2020 festive season the Ba committee […]

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Anrimation still from A Gude Cause maks a Strong Erm showing Stanley Cursiter with Phyllis Hourston

Animation premiere at the Phoenix Cinema

A Gude Cause Maks A Strong Erm premiere International Women’s Day 2019 is on the 8th of March. To coincide with this the Phoenix Cinema at the Pickaquoy Centre in Kirkwall will be showing a week of films featuring female leads and directors. A Gude Cause Maks A Strong Erm, the animated story of the […]

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