The Photographic Archive holds more than 50,000 images relating
to Orkney and it's people, with the earliest dating from the nineteenth
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
a gallery of Tom Kent images
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