Year of Stories 2022

The Shetland Museum and Archives are hosting a series of events as part of the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund with Shetland’s community stories at its heart.

The stories will be developed as a rich permanent resource through a series of podcasts, short videos, gallery talks and workshops which will take place throughout 2022.

See details of our upcoming programme below, check back here and follow us on facebook and instagram for all the latest updates.

Summer workshops
Year of Stories themed family tours and workshops are taking place throughout the summer holidays. Join our expert guide for a themed tour in the galleries followed by a craft session - themes include St Ninian's Isle Treasure, the Gunnister Man and Vikings. For more details and to book visit our events page.

Gunnister Man and figure head craft

Coming soon...

New exhibition
If the Isles could speak: Shetlands Hidden Stories (August - October 2022)

This exhibition will showcase stories held within the Shetland Museum and Archives focusing on two chosen themes:

  • Very Superstitious – including tales of Shetland Folklore.
  • Overcoming Hardships – featuring artefacts which allow us to reconnect with stories of Shetlanders who have endured hardships and their stories of survival.

Year of Stories Film Series
A series of films will be released over the coming months including stories of lesser known tales of myths and superstition in the isles. We will also share a film which captures Da Peerie Ooricks storybooks, written by local author Ann Marie Anderson, telling the story of Myrtle and Meenie, two friendly witches who turn a monster good.

Crofthouse Museum, Dunrossness

Crofthouse Museum, Dunrossness
Open Day -
an open day to celebrate the Year of Stories will take place at the Shetland Crofthouse Musuem. Visitors will be able to participate in a wide range of activities including folklore storytelling, hands on demonstrations, traditional crofting method demonstrations, butter making and crafts.
Event date to be announced soon, check back for details.

A night by the fire - experience the tales of yesterday in our traditional crofthouse setting. Step back in time as you sit around the peat fire and enjoy an evening of authentic Shetland storytelling from bygone years.

Crofthouse Museum, Dunrossness

Storytelling Competition
A major new annual writing competition will be launched to commemorate and celebrate the life of colleague, and renowned local storyteller, Davy Cooper. More details to be announced mid August 2022.

Davy Cooper

Podcast launch
A series of podcasts will be launched in October 2022 to warm your winter nights. Tales of museum artefacts and highlighting untold stories from the archives.

Winter lecture series
A series of talks and lectures will take place each month from September – December 2022. Programme and dates to be announced soon.


Previous events:

Saturday 5th March - Shackleton's Shetland Pallbearers - A Talk
Shetland Museum and Archives kicked off its Year of Stories by marking the 100th anniversary of the burial of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the lives of the six Shetland pallbearers. The talk was given by Jon Sandison, Anderson High School History Teacher and Military Historian, on Saturday 5 March, exactly a century since Shackleton’s funeral was held in the Norwegian church at Grytviken, South Georgia with 100 Norwegian and British whalers in attendance. The six pallbearers were all Shetlanders and WW1 veterans.