Orkney is an archipelago off the northeast coast of Scotland. The Orkney Museum, located in Kirkwall, tells the story of Orkney from the Mesolithic and Neolithic Ages through the Picts, the Vikings, and the modern age. The museum is in the Tankerness House—the former home of the Baikie family of Tankerness. Shown below are photographs of some of the museum’s displays.
With the Norse (Viking) settlements in Orkney, the archipelago was ruled by Norway. Overtime the Scottish influence in Orkney grew through intermarriage and the Norse earldom passed to a series of Scottish earls. After Norway became united with Denmark under the Danish crown, Orkney and Shetland were pawned to Scotland as a part of the royal dowry in 1468. Orkney was formally annexed by Scotland in 1471. The following displays in the Orkney Museum are from the era following annexation.