How to find the Conference Venues


STROMNESS TOWN HALL is the main venue.

It is situated in the middle of the town of Stromness accessible by stairs off the main street (Victoria Street) or by a ramp off a steep cobbled street, Church Road. The Town Hall is a former church and despite hiding behind the main street it is easily recognised by its orange door and church spire. The steps to the Town Hall are beside the Cat’s Protection Charity Shop.

The Town Hall is a community venue and home to West Side Cinema where the screening is on Saturday evening.

Please contact us here if we can offer you advise on accessiblity in the town and at the venue. The venue toilets are in an outside building and are accessible by ramp.



The Pier Arts Centre is the venue for the Civic Reception on Thursday 17 Oct 8pm.

The Pier Arts Centre is an award winning building with a world class art collection. Opened 40 years ago, the centre holds the gift of artworks donated to the people of Orkney by Margaret Gardiner. The collection includes work by Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham as well as work by contemporary artists.  Entrance off Victoria Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:30am-5pm. Free. Fully accessible.

Visit the Pier Arts Centre website here.



Delegates have free entry to the museum for the week of the conference.

Stromness Museum houses the island’s maritime and natural history collections as well as telling the story of Stromness itself. The museum was established in 1837 making it one of Scotland’s oldest museums. It has been housed in its present building, next to the sea, since the mid 19thC.  and retains its Victorian character. There are three floors to discover the various stories of Orkney and the sea whether through bird life, whaling, arctic exploration, sail making or the scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet. Visit the Stromness Museum website here.

Stromness Museum is 10 mins stroll through the streets of the town and lies in the south end. The building is accessible on the ground floor with chair lift to the top floor and outside access to the lower floor. There is limited parking.

After visiting the museum you may wish to continue south to enjoy a coastal walk.


STROMNESS HOTEL is the venue for the Sunday evening Conference Dinner.

The Stromness Hotel is a tall Victorian building at the Pier Head. Gracie Fields sung to troops from the balcony when the hotel was was the HQ of the Orkney and Shetland Defence.


STROMNESS TOWN is home to the entire conference. You can fine out more about the town here and here. You can stream or download an audio tour through the town made by Stromness Museum here.


images: Stromness Town Hall – Ian S / Stromness Museum – Peter Church / Stromness Hotel – John Ireland (Licensed for reuse under Creative Commons). Pier Arts Centre – Waterfront and Stromness street – Rebecca Marr.