Shetland Museum and Archives are proud to offer a range of events for adults, children and famlies, covering a variety of themes throughout the year. Our own events are detailed below, or see the 'What's On' Calendar for all public events and exhibition listings for the building.

Click on the 'What's On Calendar' above to view monthly listings
For online bookings visit Shetland Museum Box Office

Pre-school Activity Mornings (Thursdays)

02/05/2024 - 20/06/2024
Auditorium, Shetland Museum and Archives

Bring your little explorers to the Shetland Museum & Archives for our heritage-filled fun sessions, designed especially for under 5's. Join us every Thursday from 10am to 12pm as we explore a new and exciting theme each week.


Night by the Fire - Music & Stories at the Crofthouse Museum

07/05/2024 - 10/09/2024
Crofthouse Museum

Step back in time as you enter a traditional 19th century thatched crofthouse to recreate Shetland’s past in a special ‘in aboot da night’. One of our custodians will light the fire and ‘hand doon da fiddle’ to a local musician who will play a range of traditional tunes along with a few stories and yarns along the way.


Shetland Museum Socials - drop-in

08/05/2024 - 19/06/2024
Learning Room, Shetland Museum & Archives

Come along to our informal Shetland Museum Socials running fortnightly on Wednesday afternoons from 2pm - 3.30pm. Each session will have a heritage theme as the focus. Enjoy a cuppa, have a chat and learn something new!


How did the witch-hunt end? Explaining two late Shetland witchcraft cases with John Shaw

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Shetland Museum & Archives

The witch-hunt broke in waves over most European countries during the later 16th and 17th centuries. Witch-hunts were not continuous. They rose and fell in peaks and troughs of prosecutions before finally coming to a halt in the late 17th and early 18th century. Most historical investigations try to explain why witchcraft accusations happened and how witch-hunts proceeded. In his lecture John Shaw offers an explanation as to why the witch-hunt in Scotland came to an end. Was it a result of a change in social life, in religious belief, in legal practice or the rise of rationalism?


Night Train to Odesa - in Conversation with author Jen Stout

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Shetland Museum and Archives

Jen Stout is a journalist, writer, and radio producer from Shetland, frequently working in Ukraine in 2022/23. She has lived in Germany and Russia and her reports are often found in the Sunday Post and on BBC Radio. Jen has recently released her critically acclaimed debut book ‘Night Train to Odesa’. Within, she explores the human cost of Russia’s war with a focus on people, relationships and individuals in Ukraine. It is the remarkable account of a young female reporter with no institutional backup or security. Both in language and themes, it is accessible and highly readable.