The water cart returning from the water pump. Photographed by Tom Kent


Photographic Archive


The Photographic Archive holds more than 50,000 images relating to Orkney and it's people, with the earliest dating from the nineteenth century.


The images are a priceless record of changes that were occurring throughout the UK as well as in Orkney. They show changes in the working and social lives of the people, changes in farming methods, the effects of two World Wars and the huge influx of military personnel, industries that have largely disappeared and much more.

View information on some of the photographers whose collections make up an important part of the Photographic Archive...

View a gallery of Tom Kent images

View a gallery of William H. Hourston images


Copies of photographs can be purchased, with various sizes and formats available. Full details of sizes and prices can be viewed by clicking here.

For any other information regarding the Photographic Archive contact Senior Archivist David Mackie

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