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Shetland Museums and Galleries

Shetlands Museum

Shetlands Museum

In addition to the Shetland Museum, there are other museums and galleries throughout the Shetland Islands… Many of the Shetland people supplement their living selling their art and craftworks, so there are many fascinating, small art outlets in the larger villages and towns. Here are some of the larger museums and galleries to consider visiting:

Tangwik Haa Museum

The 17th century building housing Tangwick Haa Museum tells the story of the Northmavine people through the ages. It is run by the Northmavine History Group and a range of photographs, documents and fishing gear gives you an insight into the life of islanders here who relied on fishing and whaling for trade and survival. The "Gunnister Man" is also is displayed here – a man preserved in peat discovered in 1851. There’s not so much left now but his clothes are still in good condition and included a knitted purse within which were three coins, one Swedish and two Dutch. There are also rooms laid out as they would have been when the Cheyne family lived here from the late 1600s through until the nineteenth century. Parish and census records are also held here for access by those researching Shetland family trees.

Shetland lace

Shetland lace

Shetland Textile Museum & Shetland Gallery

Located at Gremista, Mainland, the Shetland Textile museum celebrates the resourcefulness of generations of Shetlanders who used their skill with textiles and the particular qualities of the wool their special sheep produced, to create some of the most wonderful textiles – lace and knitted Fair Isle, amongst others.

Located on Yell, the Shetland Gallery is the most Northerly gallery in the UK and exhibits Shetland’s contemporary art. Their website says “Work by some of Shetland’s most well-known artists is exhibited in an inspiring and constantly changing group show” – paintings, textiles and metal or wood art works can be found in this gorgeous gallery.

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