We were delighted to have around 90 pupils from Dounby Primary School visit the Gunnie Moberg exhibition at Orkney Museum today. The pupils themselves weren’t running wild but hopefully their imaginations were when storyteller Tom Muir, exhibitions officer at the museum, told the pupils about the stories behind the photographs. Like the beautiful Treduana of St Tredwell’s Loch in Papay, she was a real sight for sore eyes. The pupils had their own interpretations of Gunnie’s photographs: Knap o Howar in Papay, known to us as the oldest standing dwelling in Northern Europe, is a pair of giant’s shoes; and the Old Beacon at North Ronaldsay a giant baby bottle.
There was a giant though who roamed through the story in Gunnie’s aerial photograph of Cubbie Roo’s Castle in Wyre.
We asked the Primary 6 group to tell us their favourite photograph in the whole show. Three pupils – Isla, Ava & Kevin- chose the image at the top of the page of ponies in Shetland running wild. William chose the Brough of Birsay.
Daisy chose St Magnus Kirk in Egilsay.
Lewis’ favourite was the Flotta Flare.
Charlie liked St Tredwell’s best.
Ethan chose the Churchill Barrier photograph.
Six pupils – Robbie, Archie, Ross H, Keighley, Emma and Ross D, picked the Midnight Cow.
But the overall favourite by far was the Sheep fort (now washed away) at Ruskholm off Westray. This was the favourite photograph chosen by ten pupils – Neela, Alfie, Hayden, Caroline, Joseph, Christopher, Eilidh, Charlotte, Millie and Ryan.
The exhibition closes on Saturday 31st January and there will be a guided tour of the show that day at 2pm.
Thank you to Dounby School for coming along, P6 we enjoyed the afternoon with you.