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Orkney Wireless Museum

KW15 1LB Kirkwall, Orkney, Great Britain (UK) (Scotland)

Address 1 Junction Road
Floor area unfortunately not known yet  
Museum typ Exhibition
Amateur Radio / Military & Industry Radio
  • Media
  • Radios (Broadcast receivers)
  • Jukeboxes

Opening times
April - September: Monday - Saturday: 10am - 4:30pm; Sunday 2:30pm - 4,30pm

Status from 01/2017
We don't know the fees.



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Location / Directions
N58.984444° W2.960278°N58°59.06664' W2°57.61668'N58°59'3.9984" W2°57'37.0008"

Orkney, also known as the Orkney Islands, is an archipelago in the Northern Isles of Scotland, situated off the north coast of Great Britain. Orkney is 16 kilometres (10 mi) north of the coast of Caithness and comprises approximately 70 islands, of which 20 are inhabited.

Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland.

The Orkney Wireless Museum is located at Kiln Corner, Kirkwall in Orkney


The Wireless and Radio Transmissions Museum

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The Orkney Wireless Museum in Kirkwall, Orkney houses a collection of domestic and military wireless equipment. It developed from the private collection of the late Jim MacDonald from St Margaret's Hope and marks the importance of wireless communications in Orkney during World War II.


The museum has an extensive collection of early domestic radio and wartime communications equipment. Most of the equipment was built in the UK and USA. The museum also houses early advertising and posters. An archive of photographs depicts wartime forces and includes coverage of the building of the Churchill Barriers which were built primarily as naval defences to protect the anchorage at Scapa Flow.

Some examples of exhibits:

No. 19 Tank Set

early recording equipment e.g. The Recordon dictating machine made by Thermionic Products Ltd of England - features a flat, magnetically coated paper disk.

example of 1930s Ardent hearing aid

a working crystal set (made about 1912) with the crystal/cat's whisker detector clearly visible. Visitors may put the headphones on and listen to BBC Radio Scotland.

original Scapa Flow boom defence chart

U boat radio

spy Suitcase Radio

radios used as Y-stations by Y-service operators

photographic archive of life in "Fortress Orkney"

domestic wireless receivers made in the USA by companies such as Emerson Radio, Weston, Philco

wireless receivers made in the UK by companies such as EKCO. presents here one of the many museum pages. We try to bring data for your direct information about all that is relevant. In the list (link above right) you find the complete listing of museums related to "Radio & Co." we have information of. Please help us to be complete and up to date by using the contact form above.



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