Listening to the piers was a Stromness Museum project exploring the changing relationships between people and the piers in Stromness, Orkney.

Held during 2017, the project was a collaboration between archaeologists, artists, marine biologists and the public, to celebrate Stromness 200 Per Mare. This marked two centuries since Stromness became a Burgh of Barony allowing the town to take control of its own affairs, and taking as its motto ‘Per Mare’, meaning by the sea or sustained by the sea.

Rebecca and Mark delivered photography, film, audio and exhibition elements of a multi-disciplinary events.

See the project here


Project workers: Archaeologist: Dan Lee. Artists: Diana Leslie / Mark Jenkins / Rebecca Marr. Marine Biologists: Andrew Want / Joanne Porter. Stromness 200 Per Mare coordinator: Kirsty Groundwater. Stromness Museum support: Janette Park / Jen Harland / Custodians / Collections team

Funded and supported by Heritage Lottery Fund /  University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute / Heriot Watt University, Orkney / Year of History Heritage & Archaeology 2017 / Stromness 200 Per Mare


Header image from the Stromness Museum late 19thC collection; Pop up studio finds photography at Crispin & Charlotte’s boatshed.