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

Year of Stories Film Series
View our series of short folklore films which tell the stories of lesser known tales of myths and superstition in the isles.
The films are called: The Fight for the North Sea; The Bridegroom and the Skull; Peerie Merran's Spoon; The Aith Rant

Da Peerie Ooricks In this short film local author Ann Marie Anderson tells us more about her Peerie Ooricks storybooks including the three artists who created the illustrations and the importance of using Shetland dialect in her stories.

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.