The Scapa Flow Museum at Lyness ,Hoy is to remain closed in 2019 and it could be 2020 before the extensive refurbishment to the building and surrounds is completed.
In view of this a temporary exhibition space is being set up in Lyness. This will include not only some of the artefacts but also parts of past exhibitions such as the Fortress Orkney project.
Head of Lifelong Learning and Inclusion, Peter Diamond,said:
“This refurbishment is an important strategic, unique and complex project, encapsulating the complete renovations of three distinct listed buildings as well as a whole new build, which will house a modern museum standard exhibition space, enhancement of interpretation and displays, café and further site wide improvements.
“It is important that sufficient time is allocated at this crucial design stage to get the detail right, so that the project can fulfil its potential of providing a high quality visitor experience and importantly safeguarding the buildings and provision for this important collection for many years to come.
“The extended closure will also allow us to justify investing in a temporary display that will be sufficiently comprehensive and attractive to continue to attract visitors to Lyness and Hoy.”
The guided walks around the Lyness Wartime Trail are continuing. These will initially be running at 11.00 every Tuesday and Thursday from 3 April, leaving from the Lyness Ferry waiting Room.