Photo Archive

The Shetland Museum Photo Archive is a unique online archive, containing over 60,000 images depicting Shetland life, heritage and culture dating back to the 1800’s

Attracting over 6,500 unique visitors each month, this online resource is a popular and well-used part of the Shetland Museum and Archives collections.

The collection is constantly increasing as more and more images are donated to this fantastic social history resource. Image subjects include textiles, fishing, boats, industry, crofting, buildings, landscapes and people. The handy search function allows the user to search by photographer, subject or geographical area.

Donations of photography collections are welcomed and can be arranged by contacting curatorial staff. Please note however, that not all collections can be accepted immediately due to the staff time required to process new images. If you would like to enquire about donating a photograph collection, please get in touch.

Order Prints

All images in the database can be ordered as prints from the website. These can now also be ordered as canvas prints, however this service does take a little longer and enquiries for this should be made by telephone on 01595 695057 or email

Photos in a Flash - Instant Prints

A small selection of images, including a range of themes such as schools, shops, textiles and transport are availble to print quickly and collect from reception from the public access computers in the first floor gallery. Each A4 print is ready in around 15 minutes and costs only £6.00. The range will be increased as demand grows for this service.