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Our Archivists, Curators, volunteers and researchers regulary write interesting articles for us about key aspects of our collections and the latest research and findings. Read all about it in our blog section.


We hope you enjoy our free online acitvities. The Shetland Museum and Archives is managed by the Shetland Amenity Trust, a small charity caring for Shetland's natural and cultural heritage. We are a free to visit museum and any donations are welcomed to help the Trust care for the collections and our heritage both now and in the future.

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Our bog butter is going 'home' for the season!

Our bog butter is going 'home' for the season - and will be on display in the Old Haa, Yell as part of their summer exhibition about ...

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A tribute to Ian Bairnson

Ian Bairnson, who died on 7 April, was certainly one of the more remarkable people from Shetland, born here on 3 August 1953.

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Help shape the future of the past at Old Scatness

Shetland Amenity Trust is beginning to gather thoughts and views on the long-term future of Old Scatness and is inviting the public ...

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Research team examines Shetland's Hanseatic ceramic collection

During the global pandemic, we saw the impact that change and disruption caused to international trade and supply of goods, but it was ...

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Immersive new art installation pays tribute to Shetland’s wadmal

Shetland Museum and Archives continues its wide-ranging programme of exhibitions with the opening of a new art installation ...

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Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2023

As part of #ScottishApprenticeshipWeek2023 we wanted to shine a light on Jordan Clark, who is one of two staff currently working his ...

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First Shetland Heritage Conference a great success

Last weekend over 80 delegates took part in discussions to help us shape the future for Shetland’s local culture and heritage.  ...

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Celebrating World Book Day with Shetland's Oldest Known Book - Boece

For anyone who wants to read about Shetland, the archives is a good place to come.  Our book collection, we like to think, is perhaps ...

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Shetland heritage conference – shaping the future together

Shetland Amenity Trust and Shetland Heritage Association have come together to host their first joint Heritage conference in March. ...

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Don't Stop Me Now - Up Helly Aa 2023

Hit's been a miss. They last visited in 2020, last Tuesday in January as always, and just before the deluge. That last Tuesday in 2021 ...

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The ‘Harriet’ unveiling honours phenomenal fundraising effort

Last night saw the official unveiling of the ‘Harriet’ portrait at a civic ceremony at Shetland Museum and Archives (Sunday 29 ...

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Special UHA 2023 Events and Extended Opening Times

Visit the Shetland Museum and Archives during Up Helly Aa week - discover our world renowned collections, explore our Viking past and ...

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30th anniversary of the Braer oil disaster

January in Shetland is usually dark, wet, and stormy, enlivened by a few celebrations of Old Christmas and New Year. The excitement ...

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Festive Opening Hours

Visit us at the Shetland Museum and Archives this festive season.

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Shetland Museum and Archives closed

Shetland Museum and Archives and Hay's Dock by the Dowry will be closed today (Wed 14 December)

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