Rousay Heritage Trust

Rousay Heritage Trust

About the Trust

Rousay heritage Trust became a charity in 2001 and its main objectives are the advancement of the education of the public in the history, culture, natural history and any other features of life in the island of Rousay, Orkney and the preservation for the public benefit of the historical, cultural and natural heritage of the island.

The Trust has a board of 16, all volunteers and all living on the islands of Rousay, Egilsay & Wyre.  The charity does not have regular income and relies on grant funding.  During 2015 the Trust was successful in gaining an OIC Culture fund grant which was used to put on a Summer of Art programme with match funding from REW DT.

The accounts for 2015/16 can be accessed here.

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Current project

Rousay Heritage Trust – Summer of Arts & Culture Programme 2015


RHT was successful in gaining a grant funding from OIC’s The Culture Fund, and financial support from REWDT to put on a Summer of Art programme of events throughout the summer. 


We launched a Street Art (previously known as the Road End) competition and encouraged as many residents as possible to produce any form of ‘Art Work’ that could be displayed along the main circular road on Rousay safely and fits into this year’s theme which is ‘Gods of the Earth, Gods of the Sea’ in acknowledgment of the Ian Hamilton Finlay sculpture that is located on Rousay (at the top of the Leean/Sourin Brae and across the road from the Blossom quarry).


The Competition Prize is a return ferry trip on the Pentalina for two adults, 2 children and a car.  This prize is part funded via the grant award, and with donations from Pentland Ferries and REW DT.  The prize will be awarded in September and the tickets will be valid until the end of September 2016. 

To see photos of the entries for this, click on REW DT above and look in the Gallery.


The first event was on 28th June when Morag Tweedie came to the Crafthub to teach us how to do Heat Transfer Printing, through an experimental, hands-on workshop in this simple printing technique.  We learnt how to transfer our own painted and collaged designs onto fabric.  Thanks to Morag for a great day.


We held a Spinning Workshop on 18th July, thanks to Shelia Grieve for sharing her knowledge of this traditional skill to so many.  This has lead on to the Crafthub holding a spinning course starting in September 2015.


The Acoustic Blues night was held on the 01 August, thanks to Mike and friends for coming over to Rousay and entertaining us all and to the Pier Restaurant for hosting this night, which was very much enjoyed by all.  Also in August Rachael Harris spent a day working with the Rousay School children creating their very own cave hand paintings and learning how 40,000 years ago this type of art was produced.  Thank you Rachael for a very informative, fun day.


What’s happening in September.


We have two Wire Jewellery Making workshops with Heather Croy on the 5th September, come along for either the 12 until 2 p.m. or 2:30 until 4:30 p.m., sessions (please book via the Crafthub) and we will also be hosting a Story Telling afternoon on Sunday 13th September from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. (no need to book for this, just come along on the day).  Thanks to the Crafthub for hosting so many of this programmes events.

The RHT counted all of the Street Art Competition voting forms received from visitors to our islands and we are pleased to announce the winner, Angela Olsen with 15 votes.  This was a very close count with the second place going to Wendy Carroll with 14 votes.  A total of 64 voting forms were returned.  Thanks again to Pentland Ferries for their contribution to the prize.     


Summer of Arts Programme is funded by OIC, REW DT & Pentland Ferries.

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