Shetland Museum & Archives
Drop in and visit us at the Shetland Museum and Archives. We look forward to welcoming you back.
Pre-school Activity Mornings - In da Rig
10am - 12noon (drop-in)
Last chance to view Logical Confusion – a retrospective exhibition of the artistry of Mike McDonnell - in Da Gadderie
We’re warming ourselves up to the idea of Valentine’s Day. Some might say Shetlanders are not renowned for being romantics and references to Valentines in our archives are somewhat sparse.
However Mark in our archives team did come across this article from the 1950s which explores old courtship and marriage customs in the isles - thankfully things have moved on a bit since then….Read more
A beautiful new publication celebrating Vagaland’s finest poetry has been launched by Shetland Amenity Trust.
Thomas Alexander Robertson, who wrote under the pen name Vagaland, is one of Shetland’s best-loved poets. Last published in book form in 1975, Robertson’s poetry has become increasingly unavailable. This new publication coincides with the 50 year anniversary of his death and includes a selection of 30 of his greatest poems, and a glossary.
‘Love in Human Herts’ is available to purchase online and from the Museum shop.Order your copy
The images of Up Helly Aa go like this – the burning longship, arms and armour, and bearded men.
The present Jarl Richard Moar has made a good effort – about a foot of facial hair – and a recent Jarl had a difficult moment when his own formidable effort got caught in a car door. It wasn’t always so....Read more
Our Five Star, award winning Museum and Archives is a multifunctional visitor attraction in the heart of Shetland's capital town of Lerwick. Begin your journey through the history of our beautiful islands here, with an enjoyable and interactive visitor experience discovering our world renowned collections. The Museum and Archives is managed by the Shetland Amenity Trust, a small charity caring for Shetland's natural and cultural heritage.
Shetland Museum & Archives is open. Drop in and visit us, no booking is necessary.
Visitors and researchers can explore the fascinating story of Shetland’s heritage and culture in one place, with access to a wealth of documents and artefacts covering all aspects of the islands' past at Shetland Museum and Archives.
Shetland Museum and Archives offers a comprehensive education programme, with access to workshops focussing on different areas of our collections, and outreach sessions in the community.
Access document and photo archives online, or download a choice of teaching resources, or visitor activity sheets.
Shetland’s heritage is researched, collected and exhibited throughout the islands by a network of local museums and heritage centres. Each museum and heritage centre in Shetland is unique, highlighting the various and changing aspects of natural and cultural heritage in each area.
Shetland Museum and Archives offers first class venue facilities for hire in a stunning dockside location. From conferences and meetings, to weddings or birthday parties, our versatile spaces are suitable for any event.
Shetland Museum and Archives are proud to offer a range of events for adults, children and famlies, covering a variety of themes throughout the year. Our own events are detailed below, or see the 'What's On' Calendar for all public events and exhibition listings for the building.
Bring your little explorers to the Shetland Museum & Archives for our ...
Come along to our informal Shetland Museum Socials running fortnightly on ...
Join Brian Smith as he explores the remarkable connections between German ...
Join Carol Christiansen to explore pre-modern beliefs in the vulnerability of ...
There are a number of exhibition spaces and feature display areas throughout the Museum and Archives building. The artefacts and works on display change regularly and details of our current shows are listed here.
Keep up to date with new stories and details of what our researchers are doing to preserve and promote Shetland's heritage and culture.