Lyness Interpretation Centre

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Sometimes known as the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre, the Lyness Interpretation Centre houses an important record of the role the Royal Navy played in Orkney during both World Wars. Situated at Lyness on the island of Hoy, the centre is run by Orkney Islands Council Museums Service, who have converted the former pump house to provide a comprehensive series of interpretative displays, as well as being home to a fascinating outside collection of military equipment such as vehicles and guns. World War I displays include a propeller and other artifacts from HMS Hampshire, mined off Orkney in 1916 with the lost of Lord Kitchener. Guns salvaged from the German High Seas Fleet which was scuttled in Scapa Flow in 1919 form part of the display along with railway engines on tracks. There is a large photographic collection as well as objects on display inside, where you can see one of the pumps in action.

Venue Type:

Museum, Ship or maritime heritage site

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 0900-1630
From 16 May open Sat-Sun
Open Bank holidays during Easter period
Christmas Period Closed

Collection details

Weapons and War, Fine Art, Coins and Medals, Personalities, Archives, Science and Technology, Social History, Land Transport, Maritime

Lyness Interpretation Centre
Orkney Islands
KW16 3NU



01856 791 300

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