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Temporary Scapa Flow exhibition opens in Hoy Hotel

Temporary Scapa Flow exhibition opens in Hoy Hotel
27 June 2018

A temporary exhibition on the wartime history of Scapa Flow is due to open at the Hoy Hotel in Lyness on Saturday (30 June).

The exhibition is in place whilst the Scapa Flow Museum is closed for major redevelopment.

The temporary exhibition features touch screen computers giving a 360 degree tour of the main museum buildings and site, showcasing museum exhibits and stories and highlighting some of the latest research into Scapa Flow and its history.

With Scapa Flow Museum providing a huge draw for visitors to the island the temporary exhibition has been part-funded through the Island of Hoy Development Trust.

The redevelopment of the Scapa Flow Museum will see the restoration of the historic buildings, the enhancement of interpretation and displays and the creation of a new building which will house an exhibition space, cafe, toilet facilities and information areas.

Specialist audio-visual equipment is also being purchased and a film commissioned to tell the story of Scapa Flow and Orkney's role in the two world wars. This will form a major new exhibit in the Second World War oil tank that forms part of the museum.

The museum will be closed until March 2020.

Funding for the project has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Orkney LEADER 2014-2020 programme, Museums Galleries Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

The opening hours for the exhibition are as follows:

30 June - 23 September 2018

  • Sunday to Friday - 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Saturday - 10:00 - 15:00.

24 September - 31 October 2018

  • Monday to Friday - 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Saturday - 10:00 - 15:00.

The exhibition entrance is at the rear of the building. Visitors should note that there are no public toilets at the exhibition - facilities are available at the Lyness Ferry Waiting Room.