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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.


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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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Straw Crafts Club Update

We’re into the fourth week of our winter evening craft sessions using oat straw, and it’s been really encouraging to see the ...

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End of an era - last orders at tearooms

For more than a century there’s been a tearoom at the south end of Commercial Street, between the Post Office and the Tolbooth.

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Remembering George P.S. Peterson

George P.S. Peterson died recently at the age of 90. He was a notable archival source, teacher, writer, storyteller, folk dancer, and ...

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Art’s Cool Exhibition Review by Paul Bloomer

The Gadderie at Shetland Museum and Archives has been transformed into what can only be described as an overwhelming and overflowing ...

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Shipwrecks in Shetland - the latest

We were delighted to have maritime archaeologists, Colin and Paula Martin back with us last week to record finds from three East India ...

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School talent on display in new ‘Art’s Cool’ exhibition in Da Gadderie

A colourful new schools’ art exhibition opens on Saturday 12 November in Da Gadderie at Shetland Museum and Archives.

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Shetland Museum open evening kicks off traditional straw crafts winter club

Shetland Museum and Archives is launching a series of winter evening sessions which will focus on craft techniques using oat straw and ...

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New exhibition celebrates the artwork of John Johnson: Hobby Artist at Sea

A new exhibition of paintings by Shetland resident John Johnson will be launched in the Shetland Museum and Archives on Friday 4 ...

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