Marie and I visited the gardens in 2012 but ran out of time to go into the Museum. This time I was determined to go in. I wandered around the garden first and on arriving at the front door, discovered it was closed for lunch. Okay, so lunch for me was next on the agenda – it is easy to amuse one self for an hour in the main street of Kirkwall enabling me to find very yummy Orkney cheddar and broccoli soup (some may have seen that on my fb page)
Back I went at 1.30, finally, for a tour around the museum. A donation was a good way to get rid of small change which accumulates amazingly here with small coins.
Below is a bit of History on the House so why invent the wheel. I obtained this info from the website for Tankerness House/Orkney Museum.
The house evolved over a three hundred year period. The first part to be completed was the north range, on the right of the header image, and the gateway from the street. These were built in 1574 for Gilbert Fulzie, Minister ofKirkwall and Archdeacon of St Magnus Cathedral.
In 1641 the house was acquired by James Baikie as the town house of the Baikies of Tankerness and renamed Tankerness House. James Baikie was a successful Kirkwall merchant descended directly from Paul Baikie, navigator to King Håkon IV in 1264. James was succeeded by his son, Arthur Baikie, who became Provost of Kirkwall.
James Baikie built the west range of the house in the 1640s: and further renovation and redevelopment occurred in 1722 and 1820. The family continued to own the house until 1951 when it passed to Kirkwall Burgh Council (and more recently to Orkney Islands Council). In 1968 the council oversaw Tankerness House’s extensive restoration and its conversion to the Orkney Museum.
Below is the spiral staircase, built in 1824 and Orkney Chairs on display.
My very favourite item in the Museum is this painting below. I found it to be mesmerising and of course the pack of cards drew me into the gorgeous drawing room right away. As kids we always played solitaire – taught by Mum and still play on occasions all these years later (no one as fast as sister Jenny though).
Anyway, ……………. House of Cards was painted in 1924. oil, 14 X 63 inches
Stanley Cursiter lived predominantly in Stromness. He achieved many things in his lifetime, one of them, a position as His Majesty’s Painter and Limmer in 1948. As part of his role, he also painted the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth, which hangs in Holyrood House, Edinburgh.