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This is Lítla Dímun in the Faroe Islands. The uninhabited island was once home to wild sheep that may, Liv Kjorsvik Schei suggests, perhaps be related to Orkney’s own North Ronaldsay sheep. Liv and Gunnie made a book about the island group published in 1991.
The Faroese wild sheep of Lítla Dímun, with short black wool, were shot (being impossible to catch) in 1866 to clear the island for domesticated sheep. One of the wild sheep can bee seen in the Museum of Natural Science in Torshavn. Should you not be able to get to the island to enjoy the sound of them disturbing pebbles on the shore and fall for their cupped faces, North Ronaldsay sheep can be seen in Stromness Museum, Orkney. Gunnie’s photograph of North Ronaldsay sheep eating seaweed is part of the collection of her work held at the Scottish Parliament, and the stone dyke that confines them to the shore was a subject that Gunnie returned to.
Claire has just joined us here at the Gunnie Moberg Archive, and this Faroese island is one of the slides she scanned yesterday. We are just about to leave Faroe and travel back to Orkney as we start to scan the slides that Gunnie used in her 2006 book ‘Orkney’ published by Birlinn. See more of Gunnie’s Faroe photographs here.
And in other news from the Gunnie Moberg Archive…the exhibition by Orkney Camera Club has just got bigger. We missed two photographers in the original show and they are now included. The exhibition is all the richer for the work of Anna Lidderdale and Karen Miller. Check out their work here.
We are preparing for an exhibition in Tankerness House, Orkney Museum, Kirkwall. The show will be about Gunnie’s published works. We are working with Orkney Museums Exhibition officer (and author and storyteller) Tom Muir on this and the show will open on Saturday 6 December.