The Orkney Archaeology Society provides small grants for archaeological research projects. The amount available for grants each year is variable so we assess each application as it comes in.


Grants are allocated on a quarterly basis, and applications must be received by the deadline of the 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December in order to be considered for that quarter.

How To apply

Click here to download a grant application form including guidance notes on eligibility and the type of projects we will fund.

Other help we can offer:



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We can put you in touch with volunteers who wish to take part in Orkney-based field projects. Please email us a project description and contact details and we will post them online.


Recent Grants

A selection of grants awarded by the Orkney Archaeology Society in the 2014 – 2015 financial year are given below.

(Please note that this list does not include grants made to the Ness of Brodgar excavation from the Ness of Brodgar fund, as this has now been transferred to the Ness of Brodgar Trust, a separate charity)

Processing Environmental Samples from The Cairns excavation, South Ronaldsay - Grant awarded:  £1750

Prospecting for Orkney’s Maritime Heritage - Grant awarded: £900

Hoy and South Walls Landscape Project: Rackwick Survey - Grant awarded: £750

Landscapes of Change: Archaeologies of the Rousay Clearances - Grant awarded: £650

Braes of Ha’breck, Wyre - Geophysical Survey - Grant awarded: £400

Orkney’s Wooded Landscape (OWL): investigating Orkney’s prehistoric woodland through the investigation of submerged forests -  Grant awarded: £650

Gateway to the Atlantic 2015: Excavations at Swandro, Rousay - Grant awarded: £2400

Putting Flesh on the Bones: Reconstructing Pictish Cultural and Economical Strategies using Osteological and Isotopic Analysis: radiocarbon dates - Grant awarded:  £954


Working Stone, Making Communities - Grant awarded: £800




If you become a member of the Society you will be helping to continue the excellent and vital archaeological work carried out in Orkney.

You will receive a copy of the annual Orkney Archaeology Review including articles about recent and upcoming archaeological projects and updates on the activities of the Society.  

On joining you will receive a membership pack containing the latest Annual Review and information on upcoming society events.

As a member you have the right to vote at a society AGM or EGM for the election of society committee members and any Society constitution changes. You may also stand for election to the society management Committee.

Membership Year: The OAS membership year runs from the 1st of June until the 31st of May the following year. If you join between the 1st of January and the 31st of May you will be a member until the 31st of May the following year, giving you up to 5 months extra membership free!


Annual Membership Rates

Family Membership £22

For family members in one household

Ordinary membership £15

Concessionary Membership £10

For Senior citizens, students in full-time education & the unwaged

Concessionary Family Membership £18

For family members in one household who are both senior citizens, students in full-time education or unwaged

If you don’t want to have to remember to renew every year, you may like to take out a life membership:

Life Membership £150

How to Join

You can join us directly online using your credit card or paypal account with our online ordering service. You can also arrange to pay us by internet banking.

If you have a UK bank account and prefer to pay us by Cheque or by regular annual standing order you can join us by downloading, completing and returning the postal Membership Application Form

IF you are already a Member of the OAS and wish to renew you annual subscription please visit our Subscription Renewal page.

If you have any questions please use the Feedback form to contact us or write to us at Orkney Archaeology Society, Millfield Cottage, Evie, Orkney, KW17 2NJ

Orkney Archaeology Society's membership records are treated confidentially and are not shared with, or passed to, any other organisations in any way. They are used purely for administrative purposes such as distribution of the free publications and subscription reminders.

However, from time to time we may want to contact members to notify them of events or items for sale for fund raising purposes. Under Data Protection regulations you may, if you so wish, let us know that you would prefer not to receive such information from us. You can do this at any time by contacting the Membership Secretary, Orkney Archaeology Society, Orkney Archaeology Society, Millfield Cottage, Evie, Orkney, KW17 2NJ

Background to OAS

The background to Orkney Archaeology Society

The Orkney Archaeology Society is the new name for the Friends of the Orkney Archaeological Trust.  We are the same organisation but in 2008 we changed our name and made some changes to our Constitution which dissolved our formal connection with the Orkney Archaeological Trust (OAT).  Here is the background the formation of the Trust and the Friends, and a brief explanation of why change was needed in 2008.

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