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Charles Clouston: a man of science with his head in the clouds

Public event


14:00 - 17:00


Stromness Museum, 52 Alfred Street, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3DH


Image Credit: Stromness Museum (John Comloquoy / Rebecca Marr)

Stromness Museum explored the life and work of Charles Clouston, one of the founding members of the Orkney Natural History Society. From geology to botany, archaeology to meteorology, Clouston's work inspired a varied afternoon programme of free talks by archaeologists, artists, marine biologists and writers. 

The afternoon also saw the launch of the Orkney Cloud Photography Competition which will run from May 2017 until May 2018. The competition is judged by Gavin Pretor-Pinney of the Cloud Appreciation Society.

Local Heroes

This event was held as part of the Local Heroes grant scheme, designed to engage audiences with the influence of science and scientists on local communities across the UK. From Orkney to Plymouth, 15 museums and galleries will reveal stories of scientific brilliance from across the ages. 

Read the full list of awarded projects. 

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Charles Clouston: a man of science with his head in the clouds

As part of the year-long project “Celebrating the life and work of Charles Clouston”, Stromness Museum presented a day of free talks inspired by Clouston’s life and work.

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