James Chalmers former College lecturer and JRS member is attempting to row across the Rae Strait in his living room as his part of the John Rae Challenge to help raise money for the restoration of the Hall of Clestrain
“Because of the current restrictions that you don’t need reminding about, we have created a virtual Open House so you can explore the Hall in 3D, fly in a Drone over the Hall, as well as examine some of the original documents about the building of the Hall.”
“Scottish archaeology is all about discovering Scotland’s stories and these are the chapters of people’s lives that we sometimes forget about, but that archaeology is uniquely placed to write. “
“Help us put Dr John Rae, one of Scotland’s greatest yet little-known Arctic explorers, firmly into the hall of fame where he belongs. “
“And so, on to the year 2017 – The Winding Stair…..”
” Has anyone any information about Joseph-Rene’s stay in Stromness in 1851″
“there is a very urgent need to interpret the courtyard at the rear of the Hall. Since it is a Palladian building, we all know its importance for Orkney. Palladian farm courtyards, by their nature are very rare indeed.
“As a patron of the JRS, Michael Palin (I do have trouble calling people ‘sir’) agreed to sponsor The John Rae Explorer badge for the youth of Orkney.”
You don’t have to live in Orkney for this. You can be anywhere!
Even the weather joined in the celebrations for the Open Day on Saturday 21st September – blue skies, beautiful sunshine, and a slight breeze – just enough to keep the midges away.