Westray Heritage Centre



The Westray Heritage Trust s a Scottish charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee. It was formed in October 2004 from the Westray Buildings Preservation Trust to concentrate on the activities within the Westray Heritage Centre. The Trust’s primary objective, as stated in its Memorandum of Association, is to promote the advancement of the education of the public in the history, geography, culture, environment and other features of life in the island of Westray.

There are twelve directors, all living in the remote Orkney island of Westray, which has a population of nearly 600. These directors represent a cross section of the island community, ranging as they do in age and occupation.

In 1996, as Westray Buildings Preservation Trust, we raised almost £80,000 to buy and renovate an old village hall (St George’s Hall), which was built as a school about 1850, creating the Heritage Centre in the middle of Pierowall village. To accommodate the expanding archive and collection, a new extension was built and opened in 2008, featuring an exhibition hall, video room, archive room and toilet facilities.

Open May – September the Heritage Centre attracts approx 2500 visitors annually and provides part-time seasonal employment for 3-4 people, including students at home for the summer

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