The line of piers stretching the length of Stromness survives today much as it was in the late 19th century. Although the way the piers are used has changed, they remain an important part of Stromness' identity. 'Listening to the piers' explores the changing relationships between people and the piers.
About the project
‘Listening to the piers’ is a Stromness Museum project with events held during 2017.
The project is a collaboration between archaeologists, artists, marine biologists and the public, to celebrate Stromness 200 Per Mare. This marks two centuries since Stromness became a Burgh of Barony allowing the town to take control of its own affairs, and taking as its motto ‘Per Mare’ meaning by the sea or sustained by the sea.
Stromness piers are a rich part of that story.
This site is intended as a repository for all the information and images unearthed during the project allowing us somewhere to share it and add to it beyond the year of the project.
Stromness Museum thanks the project funders and partners:
Heritage Lottery Fund
University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute
Heriot Watt University, Orkney
Year of History Heritage & Archaeology 2017
Stromness 200 Per Mare
Archaeologist: Dan Lee
Artists: Diana Leslie / Mark Jenkins / Rebecca Marr
Marine Biologists: Andrew Want / Joanne Porter
Stromness 200 Per Mare coordinator: Kirsty Groundwater
Stromness Museum support: Janette Park / Jen Harland / Custodians / Collections team
Thank you to: Charlotte & Crispin Worthington for use of their boatshed