History On Your Doorstep With Orkney Blide Trust Kirkwall

Orkney is famed for its sites of archaeological interest but often we miss what is literally on our very doorstep.

Orkney Blide Trust has secured funding from the National Lottery to investigate the history of their building at 54 Victoria Street, Kirkwall. In a collaborative project with Orkney College UHI and the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) Archaeology Institute they will be researching the history of the 18th Century building and its grounds.

Orkney Blide Trust

Frazer Campbell, Service Director, Orkney Blide Trust said:

“We have been planning this project for the past year and it is only now possible due to the £6,100 received from the Heritage Lottery Fund thanks to National Lottery Players, for which we are very grateful”

Lucy Casot, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Scotland said:

“Uncovering where, and how, our ancestors lived helps communities to understand their own history and identity. Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF is able to support projects such as Archaeology Plus that produce tantalising clues about the past and provide volunteers with new skills.”

Joanne Wallace, Assistant Principal, Orkney College UHI said

“We are delighted to be working with Orkney Blide Trust on this exciting project. We have been exploring and discussing various possibilities and we are thrilled that National Lottery Players through HLF have supported us – we are now eagerly awaiting what will be revealed in the gardens of 54 Victoria Street and how this inspires further creative projects. Please do visit on the 29th and 30th June”.

There will be a variety of activities to explore the history of this building:

  • digging a test it in the garden
  • a pop up laboratory to record finds
  • creative writing
  • arts and crafts
  • tuition from experts
  • video and exhibition

 Dan Lee, UHI Archaeology Institute Lifelong Learning and Outreach Archaeologist said :

“We are looking forward to working with Blide Trust members on this exciting programme of activities which we hope will contribute new discoveries to the story of Kirkwall”

The test-pit dig will run over two days, starting on Friday 29th to Saturday 30th June. The Blide Trust is opening its doors so anyone can call in and see what is going on. More details are available by telephoning the Blide on 01856 874 874.

“Orkney Blide Trust provide a range of services to support those affected by Mental Ill Health.


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