News & Events

The 28th Shetland Environmental Awards open for nominations today. Applications are invited for any environmental project completed during 2016.

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Organisers of the first Shetland Boat Week have hailed the festival as a success, after hundreds of people attended planned events and activities last week.

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Geophysicists from the University of Leeds, in collaboration with Shetland Amenity Trust, will be conducting surveys at Old Scatness and Sands of Sound this summer, to identify potential extensions to known archaeological sites.

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A new and exciting event is planned for Shetland this summer. The first Shetland Boat Week will take place between 8th and 14th August.

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Shetland Museum and Archives is to host a study day in March on the topic of Authenticity in Culturally-based Knitting.

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The Shetland Museum small open boat collection now has a new home, with purpose built, indoor storage and workshop space to ensure the precious, original craft are kept safe from the elements.

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Shetland Amenity Trust is set to host a pop-up traditional style bookshop next weekend (28th & 29th November) to mark Book Week Scotland, with their range of Shetland heritage themed books.

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UNESCO – the United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture – has announced a new programme, which creates “UNESCO Global Geoparks.” This is the first new UNESCO designation of its kind to be established in over 40 years and puts Global Geoparks alongside UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

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Shetland Amenity Trust hosted the Shetland Environmental Awards at a ceremony held in the Museum and Archives today. Seven local environmental projects won an award for demonstrating sustainability, innovation and best practice.

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The €3.92 million Follow The Vikings project was successfully launched in Lerwick on Friday 10th July.

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A new interactive visitor experience has been installed at Shetland Museum and Archives, which allows the user to take a stroll through the fascinating and historic location of Fethaland fishing station.

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The Viking Unst site at Brook Point will open this weekend for Living History demonstrations and to give details about the Viking Unst Project.

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Over 100,000 archaeological artefacts have been returned to Shetland for inclusion in the Recognised Archaeology Collection of Shetland Museum and Archives, thanks to the assistance of Serco Northlink Ferries.

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The new exhibition opening in Da Gadderie at Shetland Museum and Archives this weekend is the culmination of two years of research into the intriguing and beautiful taatit rugs: the pile bedcovers of Shetland.

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Shetland Museum and Archives is set to broadcast its first live lecture online from the auditorium on Thursday 14th May. Marc Chivers will discuss the history, folklore and construction of Shetland Boats.

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Shetland Amenity Trust has been awarded €1.96 million from the EU Creative Europe Culture sub-programme for the project “Follow the Vikings”.

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Geopark Shetland is pleased to announce the success of a funding bid to the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme for the ‘Drifting Apart’ project, involving partners from Canada to Russia.

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Shetland Amenity Trust have been awarded £105,000 grant funding from the Coastal Communities Fund to develop an SQA accredited customised award in the building of traditional Shetland, wooden boats.

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The Archaeology Collection cared for by Shetland Amenity Trust has become the latest Recognised Collection of National Significance awarded by Museums Galleries Scotland.

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Following a successful request for volunteers by the Shetland Amenity Trust, essential repair work has begun at Hay’s Dock to the ex-seine netter boat Nil Desperandum.

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The brand new website for Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve has recently launched, following the official opening of the restored buildings in June.

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Organisers of Shetland Wool Week have today announced Hazel Tindall as this year's guest patron of the festival, and invited local craftspeople with ideas for events to get involved in the 2014 event.

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Shetland Amenity Trust is delighted that the Shetland Museum & Archives' Textiles Collection has been awarded Recognised status by Museums Galleries Scotland, under its Recognition Scheme.

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Shetland Amenity Trust hosted the Shetland Environmental Awards at a ceremony held in the Museum and Archives today. The awards acknowledged eleven local environmental projects demonstrating sustainability, innovation and best practice.

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Shetland Amenity Trust has been delighted with the delivery of the 17th Viking Congress, held at Mareel and Shetland Museum and Archives last week. The success of this week shows very clearly that Shetland has the capability and experience to host large scale, international events.

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Shetland Amenity Trust is proud to host the 17th Viking Congress. This year's event includes a full day of public lectures, where tickets are offered freely to those who wish to attend

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Joanne Wishart, Assistant Archivist at Shetland Museum and Archives, will travel to Edinburgh on Thursday 4th July to give a talk at the National Library of Scotland on Yell mapmaker James Robertson.

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Shetland Folk Society and Shetland ForWirds are launching the reprint of Da Sangs at A'll Sing ta Dee at Shetland Museum and Archives Boat Hall on Saturday 8th June at 7pm.

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Shetland Amenity Trust hosted the 2013 UK Maritime Heritage Forum annual meeting at Shetland Museum and Archives last week. Thirty delegates from a diverse range of organisations attended, with the main focus being on the conservation of traditional craft, and the passing on of maritime skills.

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Shetland and Orkney's literature will take centre stage in a major new project being launched this weekend in Edinburgh. The project will culminate in spring of 2014 with a specially designed exhibition at Shetland Museum and Archives, and will include activities for school pupils, new contemporary writing and a series of public events.

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Shetland Museum and Archives has again maintained a five star grading following a recent assessment by Visit Scotland.

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Shetland Amenity Trust - the organisation with a remit to celebrate and champion Shetland's natural and cultural heritage - has recently launched a new website.

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The new webcam at Sumburgh Head went live this week, as building and restoration work continues to gather pace.

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Unkans is a newsletter created and distributed by the Shetland Amenity Trust.

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Constrcution work on The Sumburgh Head Project, led by Shetland Amenity Trust, in partnership with the RSPB and in co-operation with the Northern Lighthouse Board, is due to begin this summer.

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