Thursday, 12 March 2015

Annual Photographic Competition

In 2014 the Friends of Skokholm and Skomer won the 2014 Marsh Award for Local Ornithology for the fantastic refurbishment work they have carried out on the island. The award included a financial prize to be used on Skokholm and in this digital age we want to try and make sure that we continue to capture something of the day to day life on the island which is the history of the future.

There are a load of older images about life on Skokholm but rather few in recent times so this competition is designed to try and remedy this by encouraging the submission of images which show something of island life. We will then copy all the submissions (excluding duplicates or those which do not meet the criteria) into an annual book which will be available on the island for future visitors to look at and will also be lodged into the National Library of Wales archives.

The selected best four photographs will form the cover of the annual book and a copy of the book will also be presented to each of the winners with due acknowledgement. The winning images be selected by three of the Friends committee. The awards will be presented at the Annual Reunion meeting in February 2016.

Click here to download full information and an application form

Monday, 9 March 2015

Not on social media?

Maybe you are not on Facebook, or prefer your tweets audible and emitting from a feathered creature than through an app.

If so, we have created a virtual newspaper that automatically collates popular mentions related to the islands. We will post a link to the weekly paper intermittently or you can sign up to receive a weekly email linking you to the full edition.

Follow the link below to explore it for yourself...

Monday, 2 March 2015

Skokholm Archives - again

Sorry everyone got the web address wrong - the People's Collection site is of course :-

By simply putting Skokholm into the search tab you get all the pictures.  You can categorise them using the What and When tabs or even inputting a search tag such as "Skokholm, Buildings"  - these features will become more valuable as the collection grows.

You can also create your own group of photo's by setting up your own account and tagging pictures as favourites.  Its a powerful site but takes a bit of learning.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Skokholm Archives

Those people who were at the annual Reunion meeting in Bishops Cleeve will already know a little about the Skokholm Archive project.
We have now started the long task of copying thousands of slides and photographs and publishing many on the Peoples Collection Wales website (see and aim to create a really interesting and informative library collection over the next year or so.
Some very early 1920's pictures have already been loaded onto the site as have some more recent ones.  The chatty logs on the island will also all go to the National Library of Wales archives in due course as will all of Ronald Lockleys diaries. Missing are many photographs from the 1950's to the 1970's so if anyone has any for these years we would welcome them with open arms for the archives.
We will try and update the People's Collection on a very regular basis and it will be interesting to see how many people look at the images in due course.
Just as a taster here is one of the older pictures:- 1927.