There are graves in St Olaf’s Cemetery, Kirkwall, of Norwegians who died in World War Two fighting for the independence of Norway which had been invaded by Nazi Germany.
“I look forward to continuing with my research in the field of environmental archaeology and to learn more about the challenges faced by previous communities in the Highlands and Islands region as we begin to deal with similar issues of climate change, rising sea-levels and resource availability.” Scott Timpany
some images of the celebrations in Kirkwall for Norway’s National Day – Norwegian Constitution Day 17th of May 2023
Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 is from 15-21 May. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems we can face.
“The first public speech to mark the day was delivered in 1833 by Norwegian poet Henrik Wergeland. Since then, the 17th of May has been celebrated as Norway’s national day.”
“This new funding displays our commitment to enact our National Islands Plan across all six island authorities in Scotland in order to tackle island depopulation, boost local economies and bolster tourism.” Mairi Gougeon
“I am delighted to be joining the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour organised by Scottish Book Trust in May. I look forward to visiting schools and libraries in Orkney, the Highlands and the Western Isles and sharing my love of books and reading with its local communities.’ Joseph Coelho
Orkney International Science Festival has launched a Wildlife Photography Competition as part of this year’s festival, and entries are now open.
The most recent UK Maritime and Shipping statistics show a drop in seafarers active at sea from 24,240 to 22,510 for the UK Shipping Industry.
Bookbug Week is taking place this week (15–21 May), encouraging little ones and their families to dance to their favourite songs and rhymes and then cosy up with a story.