Our Own Shows

Some of our past exhibitions have been curated by Shetland Museum and Archives staff, or have been on loan for special display from national or international institutions.

We are proud to have a facility capable of exhibiting high profile, exiting shows which gives people in Shetland the opportunity to see, firsthand, iconic artefacts and items which, although may not be specific to Shetland's heritage, are nonetheless very important - and popular. Exhibitions on local subjects curated by our staff are also very popular and well visited. Examples of these are below.

40 Years of Art at Shetland Museum View Full Size

40 Years of Art at Shetland Museum

Armada Cannon View Full Size

Armada Cannon

Focus display of merchant bottles View Full Size

Focus display of merchant bottles

From Old Rock to New Life - Emigration Show View Full Size

From Old Rock to New Life - Emigration Show

The Lewis Chessmen View Full Size

The Lewis Chessmen

High Seas and High Teas - an exhibition of tea trading View Full Size

High Seas and High Teas - an exhibition of tea trading

Skaill Hoard View Full Size

Skaill Hoard

Taatit Rugs View Full Size

Taatit Rugs

Triceratops skull from the Hunterian Museum View Full Size

Triceratops skull from the Hunterian Museum

Writing the North partnership exhibition View Full Size

Writing the North partnership exhibition

Gunnister Man, in partnership with National Museums Scotland. September 2009.

Gayer-Anderson Cat, loaned from The British Museum. September 2012.

Skaill Hoard exhibition, in partnership with National Museums Scotland. July 2013.

Gentle Giant, dinosaur exhibition in parternship with The Hunterian Museum,University of Glasgow. September 2013.

Writing the North exhibition, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council, University of Edunburgh and Orkney Library. March 2014.

Blockade: 1914-1918. Self -curated exhibition on Shetlanders during WW1. August 2014.

Don McCullin Exhibition, in partnership with Shetland Arts, Artists Rooms, Tate and National Galleries Scotland. November 2014.

James Robertson map exhibition, in partnership with the National Library of Scotland. September 2015.

Our Own Shows

James Robertson - The Shetlander who mapped Jamaica

27/09/2015 - 22/11/2015

In a joint project with the National Library of Scotland, and supported by Museums Galleries Scotland, Shetland Museum and Archives staff will explore the life and work of James Robertson, a Shetlander who made the first detailed map of Jamaica.

Our Own Shows

Holbein Exhibition

04/05/2018 - 15/07/2018
Shetland Museum and Archives

The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour 2018: 4 May to 15 July. Hans Holbein the Younger - A Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling, (Anne Lovell?), about 1526-8, oil on oak

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Angela Hunt – ‘Shetland Locations’

19/05/2018 - 24/06/2018
Da Gadderie

Paintings in the exhibition depict landscape and heritage informed by influences from design and fine art perspectives.

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Men in tights

21/01/2020 - 22/02/2020
Da Gadderie

Our new photographic exhibition ‘Men in Tights’ focuses on Up Helly Aa squads from 1905 – 1923 which made use of a favourite UHA disguise – men dressed up as women.

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Fair Isle Chairs by Eve Eunson

17/11/2020 - 28/05/2021
Da Gadderie, Shetland Museum and Archives, Lerwick

An exciting exhibition of Fair Isle Chairs by local carpenter Eve Eunson was on display in Da Gadderie in Lerwick. In collaboration with the Shetland Museum and Archives, this exhibition gave an insight into the history, traditional craft and distinctive qualities of Fair Isle chairs.

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The Arthurs

07/06/2019 - 14/07/2019
Archives Entrance

A feature exhibition exploring Shetland surnames Arthur and Arthurson is now on display at the Shetland Museum and Archives. The collaboration between the Shetland Family History Society and the Museum and Archives is part of the society’s ‘Sharing Shetland Surnames’ project. Each year they collaborate on a feature exhibition with past years focusing on Shetland surnames Abernethy, Goudie and Robertson.

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At Sea and Ashore

14/01/2017 - 26/02/2017
Da Gadderie

‘At Sea and Ashore’, is a showcase of four Shetland fishermen's own photographs.

Our Own Shows

From Page to Stage - Islesburgh Drama Group

17/02/2018 - 23/03/2018
Da Gadderie

There’s no business like show business, and that’s certainly true as Islesburgh Drama Group presents from Page to Stage - a new and exciting exhibition at Da Gadderie in the Shetland Museum & Archives.

Our Own Shows


24/11/2018 - 21/12/2018
Da Gadderie

This years end of year show brings together a diverse selection of artists. Some well-established in Shetland while others are starting to make their names in the local ever expanding visual arts market.

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Tom Teasdale - ‘Sunny Intervals’

26/05/2018 - 24/06/2018
Foyer Corridor, Shetland Museum and Archives

A photographic exhibition commissioned by the cultural attaché of the European Commission in the UK. The London based photographer is exhibiting a collection of black and white photographs documenting aspects of living on some of the furthest reaches of the United Kingdom in Scotland, focusing on Shetland, Orkney and the Outer Hebrides.