Event Details

Celebrating Charles Clouston: A Man of Science with his Head in the Clouds
Sunday 21st May 2017This event has passed.

Exploring the wonderful world of Victorian science and flitting excitedly between plants and clouds, stones and seaweed, this day celebrates the founder of the museum with all the joy of discovery he expressed. Find out about the varied interests of the fascinating Charles Clouston (1800 – 1884) and his contributions to a variety of scientific research from meteorology to archaeology, botany to geology. Join us for a series of free short talks on Orkney flora, Orkney weather sayings, finds from his excavations of burial mounds, his connections with geologist Hugh Miller and with founding father of weather forecasting Fitzroy. To celebrate our local hero, we will hold an Orkney cloud photography competition, which will be launched by Gavin Pretor-Pinney of the Cloud Appreciation Society. The year long photography competition is open to all with a category for under 16s.

No booking required – just drop in!

Show times

10am - 5pm


Opened in 1837, Stromness Museum has retained its Victorian character. The building has galleries on three floors with several galleries on the ground floor and the upper galleries accessible by stair lift.

Stromness Museum
52 Alfred Street Stromness KW16 3DH


01856 850025 or custodian@stromnessmuseum.co.uk

Entry prices


Stromness Museum LGE
Center map


Parking / Toilets / Gift Shop / Wifi / Disabled Access (with prior notice) / Accessible Toilets / Accessible Formats (eg. Braille, large print, see museum for details) 

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