Scapa Flow Visitor Centre & Museum

"Fortress Orkney" has focussed on the effect of the Second World War on civilians in Hoy, centring on the Lyness Naval Base. Online exhibitions have built up a picture of life during and after the war in Hoy through the people in the area. These have included: travelling to Hoy on the St Ola; the people of Hoy; the active social life on the isalnd including going to the cinema; the Orkney Blast, a newspaper for the Forces; and the local shops and amenities.

Young people from local schools and Cultural Studies students from Orkney College have played a key role in collecting the material.

Commenting on the initiative in 2008, Clare Gee, Manager of Museums and Heritage, Orkney Islands Council said: "We are really pleased that Scapa Flow Visitor Centre & Museum is able to take part in the Remembering Scotland At War programme. Orkney has an incredibly strong and important wartime heritage and this project will help us capture much vital and personal history. Orkney is currently undertaking an audit of wartime archaeology and this project will strengthen that work as well as raising awareness amongst our younger residents of the importance of this period in Orkney's history. We can't wait to get started!"


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