The event was featured on Radio Orkney, in an interview on its Arts programme, given by Julie Gibson, prior to the day itself and that and lots of local publicity brought a wide-ranging audience, with attendees dipping in and out of the morning, afternoon and evening sessions. The subsequent review and photographs in the Orcadian, the local newspaper, again gave prominence to the THING Project, building on the publicity it has given the Project since its inception. Radio Orkney also followed up on the day with a feature of recorded interviews with various of the participants. These exposures to a wide Orkney audience (and international internet audience via BBC i-player) demonstrate and emphasise the vitality of academic and cultural life in Orkney and stimulate further varied events across the local community.
The event also brought together a range of speakers and attendees who have, in the nature of small communities, made connections with one another which will continue into further projects and collaborations.
The combination of papers across a wide range of disciplines has informed the THING Project ‘s Research Agenda by highlighting the varied subject matter encompassed by the Project. It also highlighted that the manifold aspects of justice and law-making at things can lead to extremely wide-ranging explorations of these themes and Women’s Things opened the door on just that for all participants.
As with all Orkney’s THING Project events, the aim was also to raise awareness in Orkney of its historical North Atlantic Norse environment and traditions, to demonstrate Orkney’s continuing place in that world and to flag up that Orkney’s past continues to be one of Orkney’s greatest tourist attractions, one of its best current ‘’products’’ however that is marketed.