Escape from the Coast Display

Thursday, August 24th 2017 - Sunday, September 17th 2017

A banner exhibition, which explores the refugee experiences of Shetland and Estonia during WWII, will be available to view in the Shetland Museum and Archives foyer from Thursday 24th August until the 17th September.

This exhibition is a follow up to the conference ‘Escape from the Coast’ which was jointly organised by the Centre for Nordic Studies (University of Highlands and Islands) and the Estonian War Museum, held in Shetland Museum and Archives in May 2017. The posters tell the story of the Shetland Bus and the Great Escape from Estonia in 1944. The conference and posters are part of a project funded by the EU European Citizens Programme.

There will be a further conference held on September 9th in Islesburgh Community Centre. This will include a talk about Erich Klaup, an Estonian who escaped Soviet clutches in Shetland, and talks by Jenny Heggvik from The North Sea Traffic Museum Telavåg and Dr Guy Puzey from Edinburgh University.

For further information contact Dr Andrew Jennings on 01595 880 335, from the Centre for Nordic Studies, who created the banners.