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Mackerel scales and mare's tails

History of science


52 Alfred Street, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3DH


Throughout 2017 Stromness Museum is celebrating the life and work of Charles Clouston, one of the founding members of the Orkney Natural History Society, through a series of exciting events. 

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

This winter exhibition will explore Clouston’s meteorological work on the science and folklore of weather. 

Attending this event

  • Open to all
  • Museum entry fees apply
  • Please contact Stromness Museum for further details. 

Local Heroes

This event is 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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Mackerel scales and mare's tails

As part of Stromness Museum's year-long celebration of the life and work of local scientific hero Rev Dr Charles Clouston, their winter exhibition highlights his meteorological achievements through an exploration of the science and folklore of weather.

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