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Accolade for Shetland Nature Publications

08MarAccolade for Shetland Nature Publications Shetland Heritage Publications title, Discover Shetland's Birds by Paul Harvey & Rebecca Nason, came third in the Favourite Scottish Nature Photography Book 2016 vote.

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2017 Voar Redd Up Launched

06Mar2017 Voar Redd Up Launched Shetland Amenity Trust has announced the dates for Shetland’s 30th annual Voar Redd Up, with the main weekend to take place 22nd and 23rd April 2017.

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Management appointment at Shetland Amenity Trust

13FebManagement appointment at Shetland Amenity Trust Due to the sad death of Jimmy Moncrieff, Mr Andy Steven, Head of Strategy and Innovation, has been appointed interim manager at Shetland Amenity Trust.

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Peatland Project Highly Commended

06DecPeatland Project Highly Commended The Shetland Peatland Restoration Project has been highly commended in the RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards.

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Shetland Peatland Project Nominated for Award

07SepShetland Peatland Project Nominated for Award The Shetland Peatland Restoration Project, run by Shetland Amenity Trust's Peatland Project Officer, Sue White, has been shortlisted for an RSPB Nature of Scotland Award.

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Last Call for Environmental Award applications

07SepLast Call for Environmental Award applications Shetland Amenity Trust would like to remind local environmental projects that they have just over a week left to enter this year's Shetland Environmental Awards.

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2016 Environmental Awards Launched

19Aug2016 Environmental Awards Launched The 2016 Shetland Environmental Awards are officially open for nominations today, Friday 19th August.

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Shetland Boat Week Success

16AugShetland Boat Week Success 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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Best Practice Award for Peatland ACTION

12JulBest Practice Award for Peatland ACTION The Peatland ACTION Project has won the CIEEM Best Practice award for large scale practical nature conservation.

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Interesting Features Identified in Surveys

11JulInteresting Features Identified in Surveys Geophysicists from the University of Leeds School of Earth and Environment identified interesting features in a series of archaeological surveys in Shetland last week.

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Geophysical Surveys in Shetland

21JunGeophysical Surveys in Shetland 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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Tree Management at Kergord

20AprTree Management at Kergord Anyone passing Kergord recently may have noticed ongoing work to clear wind-felled trees and manage the woodland area.

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2016 Redd Up this Weekend

19Apr2016 Redd Up this Weekend The 29th annual Voar Redd Up will take place this weekend, with thousands of volunteers taking to beaches and roadsides to clear bruck.

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Shetland Boat Week Launched

13AprShetland Boat Week Launched 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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Peatland Restoration Day

15FebPeatland Restoration Day Ten volunteers plus 5 members of the Peatland Restoration Team set out on a snowy, but bright, Saturday morning this past weekend to the peat hills of the East Kames.

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Archaeology Article Nominated for Award

21DecArchaeology Article Nominated for Award An article about OId Scatness, inspired by an interview with Shetland Archaeologist Val Turner and colleague Stephen Dockerill has been nominated for an award.

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Shetland Heritage Book Shop

20NovShetland Heritage Book Shop Shetland Amenity Trust is set to host a pop-up traditional style bookshop next weekend (28th & 29th November) to mark Book Week Scotland.

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New UNESCO programme recognises the UK’s seven ‘Global Geoparks’

17NovNew UNESCO programme recognises the UK’s seven ‘Global Geoparks’ 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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2015 Shetland Environmental Award Winners Announced

11Nov2015 Shetland Environmental Award Winners Announced 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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Viking Project Identity Contract

08OctViking Project Identity Contract Shetland Amenity Trust is currently tendering for a creative agency to develop identity guidelines for the Follow the Vikings project.

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New Trustee Appointed

01OctNew Trustee Appointed Following the recent AGM at Shetland Amenity Trust, Alastair Hamilton was elected as a Trustee, in place of Laughton Johnston who chose not to stand for re-election.

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2015 Environmental Awards Launched

24Jul2015 Environmental Awards Launched Launched today, the Shetland Amenity Trust is looking for nominations for the Shetland Environmental Awards. Any environmental project is eligible and the Trust would encourage those who have undertaken these projects, or anyone who knows of a worthy project, to apply.

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Bruck Monster Goes on Show

17JulBruck Monster Goes on Show The highly successful anti-litter campaign film, 'Curse of the Bruck Monster', is now on show at Shetland Museum and Archives along with the specially created model of the Monster.

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Follow the Vikings Project Launched

15Jul Zoom The €3.92 million Follow The Vikings project was successfully launched in Lerwick on Friday 10th July. Twenty-eight delegates from the 14 partners participated in the first Steering Committee and contributed enthusiastically to the planning for the various project work packages.

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Nature Festival Launches with Photography Competition

02JulNature Festival Launches with Photography Competition Shetland Nature Festival kicks off this weekend for a series of great events, and the launch of a Nature inspired photo competition, with a return trip for two to Aberdeen supplied by Northlink Ferries as the prize.

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Viking Unst Summer Opening

01JulViking Unst Summer Opening 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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Sumburgh Head Receives Five Star Award

19MaySumburgh Head Receives Five Star Award Sumburgh Head Lighthouse Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve has been awarded a Five Star Visitor Attraction rating following a recent inspection visit by Visit Scotland.

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Peatland Restoration Project Shortlisted for Award

14May The peatland restoration project in the Cunningsburgh hills has been shortlisted for the 2015 Golden Plover Awards. The work has been carried out by Shetland Amenity Trust, Hazel and Kenneth McKenzie and local digger driver Sean MacKenzie and was funded by the SNH’s Peatland Action Fund.

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Scalloway School Redd Up at Burwick Beach

14MayScalloway School Redd Up at Burwick Beach Pupils, staff and volunteers from Scalloway School will return to Burwick Beach on Friday this week for the third year running to carry out the annual Redd Up. The work done during this Redd Up is followed up by work in the classroom and with local businesses to help tackle the marine litter problem.

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The Shetland Boat: Lecture Live Online

29AprThe Shetland Boat: Lecture Live Online 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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2015 Shetland Nature Festival Programme Launched

27Apr2015 Shetland Nature Festival Programme Launched The programme of events for the 2015 Shetland Nature Festival has been published today, ahead of what is sure to be a successful 6th year for the event.

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Follow the Vikings Project

16AprFollow the Vikings Project 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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Bards are back and speaking Bruck

12MarBards are back and speaking Bruck Shetland Library, in partnership with Shetland Amenity Trust, is launching a new round of the popular Bards in da Bog poetry competition.

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28th Voar Redd Up Launched

06Mar Zoom Shetland Amenity Trust has announced the dates for Shetland’s 28th annual Voar Redd Up, with the main weekend to take place 25th and 26th April 2015.

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Geopark Shetland Secures Project Funding

03MarGeopark Shetland Secures Project Funding 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 Traditional Boat Building Skills Project

26JanShetland Traditional Boat Building Skills Project 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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Archaeology collection awarded Status of National Significance

04DecArchaeology collection awarded Status of National Significance 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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Renewable Energy enhances Sumburgh Head’s energy efficiency

03DecRenewable Energy enhances Sumburgh Head’s energy efficiency Solar photo voltaic panels at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve are being used as part of a wider scheme, including geo-thermal ground source heating, to enhance the sustainability of the visitor attraction and lighthouse buildings. The success of this technology can be seen from the results of the first few months of electricity generation.

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2014 Shetland Environmental Awards Presented

12Nov 2014 Shetland Environmental Awards Presented. Shetland Amenity Trust hosted the Shetland Environmental Awards at a ceremony held in the Museum and Archives today. The awards acknowledged twelve local environmental projects demonstrating sustainability, innovation and best practice.

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Scalloway Museum foundations layed

29OctScalloway Museum foundations layed The mild weather this morning enabled the foundations for the Scalloway Museum extension to progress.

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Essential repairs commence on Nil Desperandum

23SepEssential repairs commence on Nil Desperandum 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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Geopark Shetland Educational August

03SepGeopark Shetland Educational August It’s been a great month for education in Geopark Shetland, as the Geobus arrived to run a series of workshops with High Schools in the islands. This is a free educational outreach project for schools developed and run by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of St Andrews.

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Last Call for Environmental Awards

01SepLast Call for Environmental Awards Shetland Amenity Trust is reminding local environmental projects that they have just over a week left to enter this year’s Shetland Environmental Awards.

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2014 Shetland Environmental Awards Open

25Jul2014 Shetland Environmental Awards Open Launched today, the Shetland Amenity Trust is looking for nominations for the Shetland Environmental Awards. Any environmental project completed during 2014 is eligible and the Trust would encourage those who have undertaken these projects, or anyone who knows of a worthy project, to apply.

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Double Gold in Green Tourism Awards

11JulDouble Gold in Green Tourism Awards Shetland Amenity Trust and one of its core services, the Shetland Museum and Archives, have both, again, achieved Gold Standards in the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS), following a recent assessment by inspectors.

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New Sumburgh Head Website Launched

03JulNew Sumburgh Head Website Launched The brand new website for Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve was launched today, following the official opening of the restored buildings in June.

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Peatland Restoration Project

02JunPeatland Restoration Project A new Shetland Amenity Trust “Peatland Restoration” Project has been established with an aim to raise awareness of the importance of blanket bogs; not only for the wildlife they support, but also for the other ecosystem services that they can deliver.

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2014 Shetland Wool Week Programme of Events

23Apr2014 Shetland Wool Week Programme of Events Organisers of Shetland Wool Week are set to release the details of the 2014 programme on Thursday morning, with tickets for classes and events on sale from Monday 28th April. The festival takes place from 4th to 12th October.

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2014 Shetland Nature Festival Programme Announced

24Mar2014 Shetland Nature Festival Programme Announced Organisers of the 2014 Shetland Nature Festival are pleased to announce the publication of the schedule for the 7th annual festival, to be held from 5th to 11th July.

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27th Voar Redd Up Launched

11Mar27th Voar Redd Up Launched Shetland Amenity Trust has announced the dates for Shetland’s 27th annual Voar Redd Up, with the main weekend to take place 26th and 27th April 2014.

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Shetland Wool Week 2014 Patron Announced

05FebShetland Wool Week 2014 Patron Announced 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. This is the fifth year of Shetland Wool Week, which continues to grow in popularity, attracting a worldwide following and hundreds of visitors to Shetland every October.

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Scottish Parliament hears about Enviroglass

28NovScottish Parliament hears about Enviroglass Last night delegates at a special session of the Scottish Government's Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment heard how Shetland is utilising its waste glass in an innovative way to produce high quality products.

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ARTIST ROOMS: Don McCullin Exhibition Announced

28NovARTIST ROOMS: Don McCullin Exhibition Announced Shetland Museum & Archives and Shetland Arts Development Agency will show work by internationally acclaimed photojournalist Don McCullin in Da Gadderie and Bonhoga Gallery from 29 November 2014 to 22 February 2015 in a joint exhibition entitled Fallen.

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Shetland Museum and Archives Textile Collection is Recognised

15NovShetland Museum and Archives Textile Collection is Recognised 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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2013 Shetland Environmental Awards

13Nov2013 Shetland Environmental Awards 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 Wool Week Looks Ahead

15OctShetland Wool Week Looks Ahead The fourth Shetland Wool Week concluded on Tuesday morning with the closing remarks of the North Atlantic Native Sheep and Wool Conference. This marked the conclusion of 11 days dedicated to the celebration of Shetland Sheep, Wool and all things textile which saw hundreds of people attending events throughout the isles.

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Shetland Textiles 800BC to the Present

22SepShetland Textiles 800BC to the Present Shetland Textiles: 800 BC to the Present traces the history of textiles in Shetland through fabrics and garments together with the fibres and tools used to craft them, and the people who made and wore them. It brings together in-depth research with personal memories of local people, lavishly illustrated by stunning images.

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2013 Environmental Awards Reminder

04Sep Shetland Amenity Trust is reminding local environmental projects that they have just over a week left to enter this year's Shetland Environmental Awards. The closing date for award applications is 12noon, Friday 13th September.

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Transport Litter Week of Action

20AugTransport Litter Week of Action Shetland Amenity Trust and the Shetland Islands Council are to highlight the blight of roadside litter in the isles as part of National Transport Litter week, 19th to 25th August. They are also appealing for volunteers to help with a Redd Up along Da Black Gaet on Thursday afternoon. Anyone who would like to be involved should contact the Trust on 01595 694688 for further details.

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Viking Congress Highlights Shetland's Hospitality

13AugViking Congress Highlights Shetland's Hospitality Shetland AmenityTrust has been delighted with the delivery of the 17th Viking Congress, held at Mareel and Shetland Museum and Archives last week, showing that Shetland has the capability and experience to host large scale, international events.

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Shetland to Host Viking Congress

01AugShetland to Host Viking Congress Shetland Amenity Trust is to host the 17th Viking Congress from 3rd to 10th August. This international academic event is a gathering of scholars of Viking culture and it is the first time the Congress has been back in Shetland since the first event was held in Lerwick, in 1950.

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2013 Environmental Awards Launched

26Jul2013 Environmental Awards Launched Launched today, the Shetland Amenity Trust is looking for nominations for the Shetland Environmental Awards. Any environmental project completed during 2013 is eligible and the Trust would encourage those who have undertaken these projects, or anyone who knows of a worthy project, to apply.

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Scottish Government Announces Geopark Funding

25JulScottish Government Announces Geopark Funding The First Minister today confirmed funding of £280,000 to support two Geoparks in Shetland and the North West Highlands. This investment, which will be provided over two years, will allow the Geoparks – which play an essential part in promoting tourism – to continue as valuable members of the UNESCO supported Global and European Geoparks Network.

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Skaill Hoard Exhibition on Loan

23JulSkaill Hoard Exhibition on Loan Shetland Museum and Archives will unveil an exciting new loan exhibition this week, comprising a number of pieces of the Skaill Hoard Treasure, courtesy of their partnership working with National Museums Scotland, and with sponsorship from Shetland Jewellery.

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Shetland Nature Festival Round-up

17JulShetland Nature Festival Round-up The 2013 Shetland Nature Festival took place recently, with nature themed events throughout the Isles including traditional favourites such as guided walks and the ever popular Noss Open Day, but there were also some new departures.

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Axe Training at Viking Site

03JulAxe Training at Viking Site Shetland Amenity Trust's Architectural Heritage Team has been training this week in traditional Viking building techniques using hand axes. The training has taken place at the site of the recently constructed Viking Longhouse in Unst, where these methods would historically have been used in construction.

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Redd Up Shortlisted for Award

25JunRedd Up Shortlisted for Award Da Voar Redd Up has been short listed for the 2013 RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards. The awards, designed to recognise and celebrate excellence, innovation and outstanding achievement in Scottish nature conservation, aim to recognise projects which protect and enhance the nation's natural heritage.

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Earth Science Entertainment with Geopark Shetland

19JunEarth Science Entertainment with Geopark Shetland Geopark Shetland is preparing to host a visit from the Tectonic Studies Group for an evening of earth science entertainment, aimed at all ages and levels of scientific understanding. The Group, which is part of the Geological Society, will be spending a week in the isles to explore the structural Geology of Shetland.

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THING Project Presented

12JunTHING Project Presented Shetland Amenity Trust is presenting the activities and findings of the 3-year NPP funded THING Project at an event in Shetland Museum and Archives on Saturday 22 June. The afternoon will include presentations about the project, the relevance of the thing system today, and how Nesting Primary School was inspired to create their own thing site in the school grounds.

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Trust Teaches Dry Stone Dyking

10JunTrust Teaches Dry Stone Dyking Shetland Amenity Trust recently held introductory training courses in the art of Dry Stone Dyking, where participants were given a basic understanding of the principles and skills required to get started.

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Dunrossness Primary Pupils Complete Sumburgh Graffiti Project

22MayDunrossness Primary Pupils Complete Sumburgh Graffiti Project Pupils from Dunrossness Primary School have been taking part in an art project which will see their work preserved in the fabric of the newly restored buildings at Sumburgh Head for future generations to discover.

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Shetland Amenity Trust Hosts UK Maritime Heritage Forum

21MayShetland Amenity Trust Hosts UK Maritime Heritage Forum Shetland Amenity Trust hosted the 2013 UK Maritime Heritage Forum annual meeting at Shetland Museum and Archives last week. Local delegate, Sandra Laurenson, of Lerwick Port Authority said "It was good to meet some interesting guests from other Maritime Heritage sites and they were all very positive about their visit to Shetland."

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Sumburgh Head Progress

01MaySumburgh Head Progress The Sumburgh Head Project continues to make good progress towards completion, on schedule, in Spring 2014. An appeal has been issued for more information on wartime keepers.

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Writing the North

01MayWriting the North 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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Dry Stone Dyking Training

23AprDry Stone Dyking Training Shetland Amenity Trust are seeking expressions of interest from anyone who would like to attend a training course covering the principles and basic skills of Dry Stone Dyking.

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Shetland Wool Week 2013

17AprShetland Wool Week 2013 Shetland Amenity Trust is proud to be a partner in the ever growing Shetland Wool Week. Held every October, this event is a celebration of celebration of Britain's most northerly native sheep, Shetland's textile industries and rural farming communities. Organised by a committee of local public, private and voluntary organisations, this community led event has a world-wide following, and attracts ever increasing numbers of wool and knitting enthusiasts to the isles every year.

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Havera Book Launched

12AprHavera Book Launched The latest title from Shetland Heritage Publications was launched today at Shetland Museum and Archives. Havera: the story of an island, recounts the history of the small island of South Havera, and the people who lived there before it was finally abandoned in 1923 after originally being settled in the 1770's.

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Skerries ‘Boathouse’ to be Restored

11MarSkerries ‘Boathouse’ to be Restored A lifeboat from the Ugie Brae, which has served as a lambie-hoose in Skerries for many years will be restored in the coming months.

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Registration is open for the 26th annual Voar Redd Up

08MarRegistration is open for the 26th annual Voar Redd Up Originally launched in 1988, Da Voar Redd Up quickly became the largest community based voluntary clear up throughout the UK, with over 20% of Shetland’s population regularly volunteering for the event. Last year 4,849 participants volunteered more than 10,000 man hours to collect over 56 tonnes of bruck from roadside verges, beaches and coastline.

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Hazelnuts Grow in Shetland

05MarHazelnuts Grow in Shetland On a recent routine visit to the Loch of Voe Community Woodland (at the A970 Vidlin junction), Shetland Amenity Trust Woodlands staff were surprised to come across a few ripe hazelnuts on a shrub, in a stand of about one or two dozen hazels.

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Skidbladner Longship Relocated

13FebSkidbladner Longship Relocated The Viking Unst replica longship, Skidbladner was last week moved to it's permanent location, adjacent to the newly constructed Longhouse.

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Visitor Numbers Boosted by Divine Cat

06FebVisitor Numbers Boosted by Divine Cat Visitor numbers at Shetland Museum and Archives increased to the highest ever level in 2012. Numbers released this week show that 88,963 people visited the building during the year, an increase from the previous year when the Lewis Chessmen and Tall Ships visitors had already boosted numbers to an all-time record.

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Nominations Sought for Inspiring Award

25JanNominations Sought for Inspiring Award Shetland Museum and Archives are seeking public nominations for the title of the UK's most inspiring Museum. The Guardian Cultural Professionals Network has teamed up with the Museums and Heritage Awards for 2013/2/13 to award this accolade.

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Former Keeper Returns for 192nd Anniversary of Light

16JanFormer Keeper Returns for 192nd Anniversary of Light Tommy Eunson, from Virkie, yesterday visited Sumburgh Head tower to commemorate the 192nd anniversary of the light first being lit. The occasion was also an early birthday celebration for Tommy who will be 81 on 28th January.

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Winter Storms Reveal Archaeological Sites

16JanWinter Storms Reveal Archaeological Sites South-westerly storms which affected Shetland over the festive period have revealed an exciting new archaeological site in Dunrossness, which was assessed by Trust archaeology staff

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Shetland Amenity Trust Achieves Gold Again

30NovShetland Amenity Trust Achieves Gold Again Following a comprehensive assessment Shetland Amenity Trust and one of its core services,the Shetland Museum and Archives, have again achieved Gold Standards in the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS).

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2012 Environmental Awards

16Nov2012 Environmental Awards Shetland Amenity Trust presented the Shetland Environmental Awards at a ceremony held in the Museum and Archives today. The awards acknowledged four local environmental projects demonstrating sustainability, innovation and best practice.

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Five Stars Retained by Museum and Archives

14NovFive Stars Retained by Museum and Archives Shetland Museum and Archives has again maintained a five star grading following a recent assessment by Visit Scotland.

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Viking sites lead the way in global treasure hunt

13NovViking sites lead the way in global treasure hunt Shetland is part of an innovative new tourism initiative linking sites in Norway, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Shetland, Orkney, Highland Scotland, and the Isle of Man. The Thing Sites GeoTour, which launched this week, has been developed as part of the EU Northern Periphery Programme funded THING Project and was created with the assistance of the team at Geocaching.com.

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Chalara Dieback of Ash

06NovChalara Dieback of Ash Most people will probably be aware from national news programmes or newspapers that a serious fungal disease, Chalara fraxinea, affecting a native tree species, ash (Fraxinus excelsior), has spread into the UK.

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Common Seal Study

30OctCommon Seal Study Local photographer Jim Nicolson recently encountered this Common Seal at Sandsayre. Photographs of the seal, which showed the animal to be sporting an orange, numbered tag on its hind flipper, were sent to Shetland Biological Records Centre.

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Viking Longhouse Reconstructed

29OctViking Longhouse Reconstructed Shetland Amenity Trust are pleased to announce the completion of the replica Viking Longhouse in Unst which the Trust’s Architectural Heritage team have been working on during the past three summers.

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Museum's Art Collection goes Live

29OctMuseum's Art Collection goes Live A group of oil and acrylic paintings from Shetland Museum's collection of art can now be viewed on the BBC's Your Paintings website. The 187 paintings range from 18th century portraits of eminent Shetlanders, to 21st century landscapes by contemporary artists.

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