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Heritage

War and Peace – Exploring Orkney’s Heritage

You’ve probably heard of the world famous Churchill Barriers -do you know why they were built and can you imagine how tricky it would be to build them with ferocious currents and waves ripping around the islands. Your trip to the Fossil and Heritage Centre will involve a drive or cycle over the barriers, see if you can guess how many tons of rock were used to make them – we have the answer!

Have you ever wondered what life was like for the island crofters, for the servicemen stationed here and of course for the Italian prisoners of war who helped construct those Barriers.  Burray has been inhabited since iron age times, how did people get by on this little island, what did they do for a living and how did they spend their leisure time ? We would love you to come and get a peek at island life and share our island heritage.