Scilly News was set up by developing DuncanTV, a local web site with an aim to keep track of news from the Islands which would keep locals, expats and visitors in touch with the happenings.

When Steve Duncan from St Mary’s and Julian Pearce from St Agnes moved from the Islands to go to college, they developed the site into Scilly News. Scilly News was born on 1 February, 2001.

In Summer 2003, Issy Taylor, Nathalie Gardener and Harry Legg joined the team at Scilly News. In the summer of 2004, Beth Hilton and Leonie McFarlane joined. In late 2004, Issy Taylor went on to work for BBC Radio Cornwall.

In April 2009, after a year failing to find volunteers for covering news on the Islands, it was decided to rename the site Scilly Archive, focusing on the information on the Islands and its history, and preserving previous news in its archive section.

Gratefully Supported By…

Scilly News was a non-profit organisation. This means we have relied on sponsorship to keep it going.

The Isles of Scilly Museum awarded Scilly News with the Maclaren Award. Their generous financial support meant that were able to add new features to the site, by upgrading our host and purchasing web cam equipment.

Scilly Online and Colborne Trophies sponsored the web cam, until it ceased transmission in January 2002.

From July 2002 to August 2007, the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company’s ‘Isles of Scilly Travel’ sponsored Scilly News. This sponsorship was used to host Scilly News, and to promote Scilly News, the Scillonian Cross and the Isles of Scilly.

The Scillonia Digital Workshop has also given us valuable support.


Scilly News’s first host was its ISP, BT Internet. After an award from the local museum, we upgraded to a WebFusion server in order to use ASP, later replaced by PHP and MySQL. We then found a cheaper host in the USA called GoDaddy. In August 2007, we moved again to DreamHost (USA), as they provide greener hosting.

Once we moved to an archive, we put our content on Blogger. We then moved the content back on to our own servers in 2013, hosted by Gandi.


In the late summer of 2001, Scilly News was awarded the ‘My Hometown Quality Web Site Award’.

On 20 August 2002, Scilly News received the Golden Web Award - ‘In recognition of creativity, integrity and excellence on the Web’ - or so they say.


‘From the Western Rocks to the Eastern Isles’, ‘Scilly News’ and ‘Scilly Archive’ are an unregistered trademarks of Scilly Archive.

The Scillonian Cross is not a logo of Scilly Archive.

The banner image contains: the Scillonian Cross flag, a design for an IOS flag as decided by our readers; the central rock is Scilly Rock, photographed by Richard Pearce, Scillywebcam.