A part of the LIFTE volunteer research programme, Lesley Joyce was tasked with examining old maps of Orkney in the hunt for clues relating to early trade in the islands. Here she outlines one of the highlights of her search.
Earlier this month, the LIFTE Project’s volunteer research programme came to an end after eight very busy weeks for all its participants, both its co-ordinators Sarah Jane Gibbon, Anne Mitchell, Julie Gibson, Wanda Machin, Sigurd Towrie and Jen Harland, and the many volunteers who took part.
In the Orkney Archives’ Traill Dennison collection (D14) there are many documents of interest to the LIFTE project and Orkney’s trading history, primarily of the 17th and 18th Centuries. One of these documents, in folder D14/10/3, is a supplication to Kirkwall’s magistrates, from Alexander Geddes.
Fascinating details are emerging from the numerous historical sources that LIFTE research programme volunteers are investigating as part of the overall picture of trade in Orkney.
Here Synnøve Marie Kvam Strømsvåg highlights three interesting snippets from Anton Espeland’s 1921 publication, The Scots in Hordaland and Rogaland, from year 1500-1800.
‘St Magnus Houp’ – can you help our research team track down this elusive placename? #thinkuhi #research #orkney
The trading links between Scotland and Flanders is the subject of a documentary on BBC Radio Scotland on Friday morning, April 2.
Due to the incredible response from people wanting to be involved in the Looking in from the Edge (LIFTE) research project, from noon today (March 5) we are unable to take on any more participants.
The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute is looking for volunteers interested in a new project researching early trade in Orkney.
Ahead of this evening’s launch event, Dr Sarah Jane Gibbon of the UHI Archaeology Institute and UK team leader outlines to aims of the Looking in from the Edge international research project on BBC Radio Shetland.
A major international research project investigating Orkney and Shetland’s place in the European trade networks of the 15th to 18th centuries launches next week.
Looking in from the Edge (LIFTE) is a three-year programme involving the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute, the University of Lincoln and the German Maritime Museum, in Bremerhaven.
A team of archaeologists and historians from the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute, University of Lincoln and the German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven have been awarded a grant of £779,000 from The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the German Research Council (DFG) to undertake a major international research project into how emerging economies identified and adapted to opportunities for trade in early modern Europe.