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Published: 03 August 2009

Place-name of the week blog – Neaps and Noups

12Oct Find out more about Shetland's place names in our weekly blog. The Old Norse terms gnípa and gnúpr mean a steep mountain with overhanging top or a high mountaintop with a steep front. This gives rise to place-names like Nipa and Snønipa in Norway, Dalsnípa and Núpur in Faroe and Eiríksgnípa in Iceland. In Norse mythology, Gnipahellir was an overhanging cave where Garmr the hound was chained until the onset of Ragnarök.

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Appeal: A Peerie Hansel Fae Hame

06OctAppeal: A Peerie Hansel Fae Hame The Shetland Community would like to express its support by sending a peerie hansel (gift) from home to the estimated 400 students away from home during the pandemic. Can you help?

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Shetland Amenity Trust publishes 2019/20 Annual Report

06OctShetland Amenity Trust publishes 2019/20 Annual Report The Shetland Amenity Trust has today published its Annual Report and Accounts for the 2019/20 financial year, which were approved at the AGM last month.

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Place-name of the week – searching for sheep

02OctPlace-name of the week – searching for sheep Find out more about Shetland's place names in our weekly blog. As this is Shetland Wool Week, I have been thinking about all the dialect words associated with sheep and wool and particularly the place-names that reflect where sheep grazed, rested or were caaed (rounded up).

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Place Name of the Week - Grinds

24Sep The dialect word grind comes from Old Norse grindr a wicket-gate, usually in a fence or wall. Grind place-names denote where there have been such gates or describe features that resemble gateways

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Place Name of the Week - Pursuing pirates

18SepPlace Name of the Week - Pursuing pirates You may start talking like a pirate on “Talk Like a Pirate Day” on 19 September, but will you also go out and search for fellow pirates and if so, where will you go?

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Remarkable Journeys

15Sep Autumn migration should now be in full swing here in Shetland but so far this September has proved disappointing for birdwatchers. This because the wind has largely been from the western quarter. Westerly winds do bring some migrants to the isles, notably those that breed to the north-west of us in Faroe or Iceland.

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New Chair and Trustees and farewell to Frank

14SepNew Chair and Trustees and farewell to Frank The Shetland Amenity Trust held their AGM on Monday 14th September at which they appointed a new Chair, Vice-Chairs and four new Trustees. Long standing Trustee Frank Robertson stepped down after 21 years of service on the Board.

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Place Name of the Week - Tings and Things

10Sep Things, from the Old Norse word þing meaning assembly, were an early system of justice and administration. When Vikings and early Norse settlers arrived in a new place, they brought with them their customs and legal systems.. Things were where political decisions were made, laws upheld and disputes settled. They acted as meeting places and were often the focus for trade and religious activity.

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Place Name of the Week - Noosts

03Sep Noosts, nousts or nowsts, are places where boats are drawn up from the sea. They occur along the coastline of Northern and Western Scotland and Scandinavia and take their name from the Old Norse naust meaning a boatshed.

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Look out for hoverflies

02Sep With summer drawing to an end, insects will soon start to disappear from roadside verges and our gardens but one group – the hoverflies – will be around for a while yet.

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It's bat time of year

01Sep Shetland’s cool, windy climate and the general lack of tree cover means the islands are hardly a haven for bats and there has never been any evidence that bats have bred in Shetland. Some folk, however, might be surprised to learn that bats are seen here almost every year and most occur in September and October.

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Super Saturday

25Aug Saturday was one of those days that wildlife watchers can only experience in a place as unique as Shetland. Paul Harvey's super Saturday comprised a moth, a bird and a habitat he'd not come across in Shetland before.

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Place-name of the week – Quoys, quees and hwais

20Aug The re-use of place-names is sometimes confusing, especially when the same name is repeated near an original landmark, or the meaning of a name is totally inappropriate for a new house or road. However, applying old names to new buildings helps maintain links with the past, particularly when recalling what was formerly on the site.

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Off the Beaten Track 20 - West Side Crannogs

13AugOff the Beaten Track 20 - West Side Crannogs Walk Shetland’s Archaeological Secrets with Regional Archaeologist, Val Turner of Shetland Amenity Trust

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Place-name of the week – Deep ida daals

12Aug Old Norse dalr place-names are commonly used for valleys in Norway and Iceland, as well as in Shetland and Orkney. In Shetland, although the map spelling is generally the same as the English dale, the pronunciation is usually daal, del or dil.

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What to look for this week - Burying Beetles

12Aug Once we get into late summer and the nights are relatively still and warm nocturnal insect activity reaches a peak. Paul Harvey tells us more about burying beetles.

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Place-name of the week - Nesses

06Aug Ness place-names are common throughout the Viking world. Old Norse nes described headlands and was also used in both farm and village names.

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Off the Beaten Track 19 – Skaw

06Aug Walk Shetland’s Archaeological Secrets with Regional Archaeologist, Val Turner of Shetland Amenity Trust

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What to Look for this week - Gentian Heaven

05Aug The gentians are among the most attractive flowers found in Britain. Yet sadly, they are becoming increasingly rare.

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Successful Reopening of Sites

04AugSuccessful Reopening of Sites The Shetland Amenity Trust reopened its doors to the public at the Shetland Museum and Archives and the Sumburgh Head Lighthouse and Visitor Centre in recent weeks with a positive response from locals and visitors alike.

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We are seeking new trustees

31JulWe are seeking new trustees Could you help lead Shetland’s heritage into the future?

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Off the Beaten Track 18 - Eshaness

31Jul Walk Shetland’s Archaeological Secrets with Regional Archaeologist, Val Turner of Shetland Amenity Trust

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Place-name of the week – Mills

29Jul Shetland’s horizontal watermills are often referred to as Norse mills as they were introduced here by the Vikings, but their origins lie in Ancient Greece.

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What to look for this week - Beautiful 'Weeds'

28Jul One group of plants that has declined more than any other in Shetland are the so-called arable weeds. Our Natural Heritage Expert Paul Harvey explains more and shares some of the best places to find them in Shetland today.

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Place-name of the week – Landing places, docks and harbours

23Jul The Lodberrie has become an internationally recognised landmark since featuring as Jimmy Perez’s home in the TV drama ‘Shetland’.

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Off the Beaten Track 17 – Pinhoulland

22Jul It is almost impossible to go for a walk in Shetland without seeing a plantiecrub (krub), the small enclosures in the hill for kale seedlings.

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Place-name of the week blog – Linga and Klingra

16Jul This week it’s been a joy to see both heather and wild roses coming into flower. Both beautiful plants are reflected in several place-names.

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Off the Beaten Track 16 - Eastshore, South Voe

15Jul Shetland’s South Mainland has one of the greatest densities of broch sites anywhere.

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Why Record?

14Jul This week our Natural Heritage expert Paul Harvey explains the significance of recording our wildlife.

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Off the Beaten Track 15 – Kebister

10Jul Walk Shetland’s Archaeological Secrets with Regional Archaeologist, Val Turner of Shetland Amenity Trust  

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Place name of the week – Brochs and Forts

09Jul Find out more about Shetland’s place names in our weekly blog. This week we visit brochs and forts.

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What to Look for this week - Out of the Darkness

07Jul Our Natural Heritage Expert Paul Harvey shares an insight into what to look out for in the garden or when out for a walk this week.

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Off the Beaten Track 14 - Dalsetter and Troswick

03JulOff the Beaten Track 14 - Dalsetter and Troswick Walk Shetland’s Archaeological Secrets with Regional Archaeologist, Val Turner of Shetland Amenity Trust.

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Place-name of the week – a world tour

02JulPlace-name of the week – a world tour Find out more about Shetland's place names in our weekly blog. This week we go on a world tour.

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What to look for this week - Damsels and Dragons

01JulWhat to look for this week - Damsels and Dragons Our Natural Heritage expert Paul Harvey shares an insight into what to look out for in the garden or when out for a walk this week

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Off the Beaten Track 13 - Whalsay

26JunOff the Beaten Track 13 - Whalsay Walk Shetland’s Archaeological Secrets with Regional Archaeologist, Val Turner of Shetland Amenity Trust.

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Place-name of the week – Houlls

25JunPlace-name of the week – Houlls Find out more about Shetland's place names in our weekly blog. This week we look at Houlls.

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What to look for this week - Orchids are blooming

24JunWhat to look for this week - Orchids are blooming Our Natural Heritage expert Paul Harvey shares an insight into what to look out for in the garden or when out for a walk this week

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Off the Beaten Track 12 - Noosts

19JunOff the Beaten Track 12 - Noosts Walk Shetland’s Archaeological Secrets with Regional Archaeologist, Val Turner of Shetland Amenity Trust.

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Place-name of the week – Lerwick Lanes

18JunPlace-name of the week – Lerwick Lanes Find out more about Shetland's place names in our weekly blog. This week we look at the history of the Lerwick Lanes.

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What to look for this week - The trouble with lichen

17JunWhat to look for this week - The trouble with lichen Our Natural Heritage expert Paul Harvey shares an insight into what to look out for in the garden or when out for a walk this week

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Off the Beaten Track 11 - In search of Brochs

12JunOff the Beaten Track 11 - In search of Brochs Walk Shetland’s Archaeological Secrets with Regional Archaeologist, Val Turner of Shetland Amenity Trust.

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Our commitment to equality, inclusion and diversity

11JunOur commitment to equality, inclusion and diversity The death of George Floyd has prompted a global outpouring of grief and anger that we, as an integral part of society, cannot ignore. Peaceful protest should be a catalyst for both self-awareness and action by organisations.

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Place-name of the week – Garth, Gerdie, Gorsendi

11JunPlace-name of the week – Garth, Gerdie, Gorsendi Find out more about Shetland's place names in our weekly blog. This week we look at place names Garth, Gerdie, Gorsendi

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What to look for this week - Beautiful Butterflies

09JunWhat to look for this week - Beautiful Butterflies Our Natural Heritage expert Paul Harvey shares an insight into what to look out for in the garden or when out for a walk this week

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Off the Beaten Track 10 - Miles of Prehistoric Landscapes

05JunOff the Beaten Track 10 - Miles of Prehistoric Landscapes Walk Shetland’s Archaeological Secrets with Regional Archaeologist, Val Turner of Shetland Amenity Trust.

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Place-name of the week – birds

04JunPlace-name of the week – birds Find out more about Shetland's place names in our weekly blog. This week we look at place names inspired by birds.

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Protect the environment and those who care for it - take your litter home

02JunProtect the environment and those who care for it - take your litter home As the organisers of Da Voar Redd Up and the Dunna Chuck Bruck campaign we are urging people now more than ever to take their litter home with them, both to keep Shetland tidy and to protect those who pick up litter during Covid-19.

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Off the Beaten Track 9 - Ancient ritual and burial in the landscape

29MayOff the Beaten Track 9 - Ancient ritual and burial in the landscape Walk Shetland’s Archaeological Secrets with Regional Archaeologist, Val Turner of Shetland Amenity Trust.

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Place-name of the week – beaches

29MayPlace-name of the week – beaches Find out more about Shetland's place names in our weekly blog. This week we look at beaches.

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Visiting Sumburgh Head during Covid-19

28MayVisiting Sumburgh Head during Covid-19 Potential visitors to Sumburgh Head urged to follow Government Guidelines as lockdown restrictions are eased.

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Off the Beaten Track 8 - Burnt Mounds

22MayOff the Beaten Track 8 - Burnt Mounds Walk Shetland’s Archaeological Secrets with Regional Archaeologist, Val Turner of Shetland Amenity Trust.

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Place-name of the week – kleber, klamel and klemel

21MayPlace-name of the week – kleber, klamel and klemel Find out more about Shetland's place names in our weekly blog. This week we look at kleber, klamel and klemel.

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What to look for this week - Wildflowers

19MayWhat to look for this week - Wildflowers Our Natural Heritage expert Paul Harvey shares an insight into what to look out for in the garden or when out for a walk this week

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Off the Beaten Track 7 - In search of soapstone

15MayOff the Beaten Track 7 - In search of soapstone Walk Shetland’s Archaeological Secrets with Regional Archaeologist, Val Turner of Shetland Amenity Trust.

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Place name of the week - gaets, gotts and veiens

12MayPlace name of the week - gaets, gotts and veiens Find out more about Shetland's place names in our weekly blog. This week we look at the 'gaets, gotts and veiens'.

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What to look for this week - Wonderful Waders

12MayWhat to look for this week - Wonderful Waders Our Natural Heritage expert Paul Harvey shares an insight into what to look out for in the garden or when out for a walk this week

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Off the Beaten Track 6 - Walking with Vikings

08MayOff the Beaten Track 6 - Walking with Vikings Walk Shetland’s Archaeological Secrets with Regional Archaeologist, Val Turner of Shetland Amenity Trust.

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What to look for this week - Bumblebees

06MayWhat to look for this week - Bumblebees Our Natural Heritage Expert Paul Harvey shares an insight into what to look out for in the garden or when out for a walk this week

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Place name of the week - Holms

05MayPlace name of the week - Holms Find out more about Shetland's place names in our weekly blog. This week we look at the 'holms'.

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Off the Beaten Track 5 - The Mysterious Picts

30AprOff the Beaten Track 5 - The Mysterious Picts Walk Shetland’s Archaeological Secrets with Regional Archaeologist, Val Turner of Shetland Amenity Trust.

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What to look for this week - Wheatears

29AprWhat to look for this week - Wheatears Our Natural Heritage Expert Paul Harvey shares an insight into what to look out for in the garden or when out for a walk this week

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Place name of the week - Warts and Trigs

28AprPlace name of the week - Warts and Trigs Find out more about Shetland's place names in our weekly blog. This week we look at the 'warts' and trigs.

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Place name of the week - Bisters

21AprPlace name of the week - Bisters Find out more about Shetland's place names in our weekly blog. This week we look at the 'bisters'.

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Off the Beaten Track 4 - Our past emerging as the coast erodes

16AprOff the Beaten Track 4 - Our past emerging as the coast erodes Walk Shetland’s Archaeological Secrets with Regional Archaeologist, Val Turner of Shetland Amenity Trust

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Place name of the week - Wicks

14AprPlace name of the week - Wicks Find out more about Shetland's place names in our weekly blog. This week we look at the 'wicks'.

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Shetland Amenity Trust postpones key events

13AprShetland Amenity Trust postpones key events The Shetland Amenity Trust have announced that its key annual events will all be postponed until next year.  Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, Shetland Boat Week, Shetland Nature Festival and Shetland Wool Week will now no longer take place in 2020.

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Off the Beaten Track 3 - Homesteads

10AprOff the Beaten Track 3 - Homesteads Walk Shetland’s Archaeological Secrets with Regional Archaeologist, Val Turner of Shetland Amenity Trust

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Off the Beaten Track 2 - Ness of Burgi

03AprOff the Beaten Track 2 - Ness of Burgi Walk Shetland’s Archaeological Secrets with Regional Archaeologist, Val Turner of Shetland Amenity Trust

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Off the Beaten Track 1 – Punds Water

02AprOff the Beaten Track 1 –  Punds Water Walk Shetland’s Archaeological Secrets with Regional Archaeologist, Val Turner of Shetland Amenity Trust

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Da Voar Redd Up Postponed

31MarDa Voar Redd Up Postponed The Shetland Amenity Trust have announced that Da Voar Redd Up will be postponed until later in the year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  The annual event which is now in its 33rd year was due to take place from the 25th to 26th April with an anticipated 4,500 volunteers cleaning up Shetland’s beaches and roadside verges.  It is hoped that the event will now take place in the Autumn but the organisers are still encouraging people to pick up litter whilst they are out and about.

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SHETLAND WOOL WEEK 2020 PATRON AND HAT PATTERN LAUNCHED

27Mar The Shetland Wool Week patron for 2020 has been named today as Shetland knitwear designer, Wilma Malcolmson, who is internationally renowned for her skilfully blended Fair 

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Shetland Amenity Trust closes key sites

17MarShetland Amenity Trust closes key sites The Shetland Museum and Archives and the Shetland Amenity Trust’s head offices at Garthspool, Lerwick have today closed to the public until further notice.  The upcoming seasonal opening of the Trust’s other sites at Sumburgh Head, the Crofthouse Museum, and Old Scatness Broch and Iron Age Village are also under review.

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Chair steps down from Shetland Amenity Trust

10Mar Chair of the Shetland Amenity Trust Ruth Mackenzie has announced that she is stepping down from the role for health reasons.  Mrs Mackenzie joined the Trust in May 2016 and was appointed to the role of Chair of the Board in October 2017.

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Shetland Amenity Trust reflects on a busy year

17DecShetland Amenity Trust reflects on a busy year The Shetland Amenity Trust (SAT) published its annual review this week looking back over the 2018/19 financial year. It has been a busy year for the Trust as it continued to deliver a range of services, projects and initiatives all aimed at caring for Shetland’s natural and cultural heritage.

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A new direction for the Shetland Amenity Trust

14NovA new direction for the Shetland Amenity Trust At their meeting this morning, Friday 15 November, Trustees will launch ‘Caring for Shetland’s heritage’, their new Strategic Plan, which endorses a new direction for the Trust’s future activity.

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A change in focus for Da Voar Redd Up volunteers

13NovA change in focus for Da Voar Redd Up volunteers The final totals have now been tallied for ‘Da Voar Redd Up’ 2019, the annual spring clean of Shetland’s beaches, and the results have been surprising.

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Early Vikings discovered in Unst

22OctEarly Vikings discovered in Unst There is a strong tradition of Vikings living in Shetland, but firm evidence of early Viking settlers has always been elusive – until now.

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A call for ‘Pre-loved’ leaflets

22OctA call for ‘Pre-loved’ leaflets Shetland Amenity Trust are encouraging local people, businesses and visitors to help them collect up visitor information leaflets so they can be re-used.

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Seasonal Opening times change for key Visitor Attractions

08OctSeasonal Opening times change for key Visitor Attractions Shetland Amenity Trust have announced that their key Visitor Attractions at Sumburgh Head, Old Scatness Broch & Iron Age Village and the Crofthouse Museum are all now closed for the Winter season. The Shetland Museum and Archives remains open with reduced hours.

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Fair Isle Friday Fun

08OctFair Isle Friday Fun Last Friday, 4th October 2019, saw the launch of ‘Fair Isle Friday’ as part of the Shetland Wool Week 10th year celebrations.  People across the world wore their Fair Isle to mark the event and shared the pictures on Social Media.  Lots of local organisations and businesses got involved posting pictures online using #SWWFairIsleFriday. 

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Wool Week tutor helping to change lives in India

01OctWool Week tutor helping to change lives in India Young Shetland knitwear designer and Wool Week tutor Terri Malcolmson is travelling to southern India next week to teach fair isle knitting to women in the Tamil Nadu province.  The two-week trip is part of an initiative to provide women in rural areas with the skills to gain sustainable, well-paid employment.

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Get involved in 'Fair Isle Friday'

24SepGet involved in 'Fair Isle Friday' As organisers of Shetland Wool Week we are asking as many people as possible to get involved in ‘Fair Isle Friday’ as part of the Wool Week 10 year celebrations next week.

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Shetland Wool Week set for a very special year  

24SepShetland Wool Week set for a very special year    This Saturday marks the start of the 10th Shetland Wool Week.  The event has grown into one of Shetland’s biggest annual festivals and attracts people from all over the world for 9 days of workshops, tours, classes and events all celebrating Shetland Wool.

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Shetland retains its UNESCO Global Geopark Status

24SepShetland retains its UNESCO Global Geopark Status At their meeting in Indonesia earlier this week, the UNESCO Global Geoparks Council announced that Shetland will retain its UNSECO Global Geopark status.

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Archaeologist gather from across the world to discuss Shetland’s Archaeology

17SepArchaeologist gather from across the world to discuss Shetland’s Archaeology This Friday sees the start of a weekend symposium where the future Shetland’s past will be the main focus.  The symposium will consider what archaeologists now know about Shetland from the time when people first settled here through to recent times, and what the key questions are for the future.

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Sumburgh Head Café to re-open

17SepSumburgh Head Café to re-open The popular café at Sumburgh Head is set to re-open this week.  The café suffered extensive water damage earlier in the season as water leaked in through the spectacular curved windows.  Repair works are now complete and Katja Stübiger of ‘Katja’s Cakes’ will be running a pop-up café for the remainder of the season.

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Tackling Climate Change through healthy Peatlands

16SepTackling Climate Change through healthy Peatlands To coincide with the Global Climate strike this Friday, 20th September, the Shetland Amenity Trust are inviting everyone to come along and take some practical action on climate change. The Trust has organised a peatbog restoration day where you can learn about the valuable role peatlands play in tackling climate change and to get involved in restoring these incredible carbon stores.

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Shetland Wool Week Stories Competition

20AugShetland Wool Week Stories Competition Shetland Wool Week celebrates its tenth year this Autumn and with more people than ever booked on classes, tours and activities it is set to be the biggest and best yet.  As part of the celebrations the Wool Week team are collecting stories from the people who have been part of Wool Week over the years - from participants to patrons, tutors to tea makers, communities to crofters. 

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Huge support for Shetland Boat Week 2019

13AugHuge support for Shetland Boat Week 2019 Shetland Boat Week came to a close this weekend after a week long celebration of our maritime heritage. The Boat Week team welcomed over 500 people to Hay’s Dock each day with a range of people getting involved from toddlers to teenagers, and seasoned sailors to those who have never been on a boat before.

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Shetland Boat Week starts next week

31JulShetland Boat Week starts next week Shetland Boat Week kicks off on Monday with a packed programme of events. The week long celebration of our maritime heritage has events to appeal to all, from toddlers to teenagers, and seasoned sailors to those who have never been on a boat before.

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Shetland Nature Festival enjoys a bumper year

16JulShetland Nature Festival enjoys a bumper year The Shetland Nature Festival came to a close this weekend after a 9 day action packed programme. Shetland Amenity Trust run the annual festival and this year the programme was bigger than ever before with over 70 events throughout Shetland.

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Shetland Ponies: Choosing the best from the rest

16JulShetland Ponies: Choosing the best from the rest The Shetland Pony is iconic around the world and will be the focus of a week long celebration of the breed this July culminating in the Shetland Pony Stud-Book Society annual Breed Show. This is only the second time the show has ever been held in Shetland, the last one over ten years ago in 2009. In celebration of the event, the Shetland Museum and Archives are working with the Pony Breeders of Shetland Association (PBSA) to put on an exhibition about Shetland Pony shows and their history.

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Shetland Nature Festival starts this weekend

02JulShetland Nature Festival starts this weekend Shetland Nature Festival kicks off this weekend with Coasteering, open days at Noss and Sumburgh Head, family activities, guided walks, a talk on Seabirds by Will Miles, croft tours, botanical drawing classes, and much, much more. The Nature Festival starts this Saturday at Noss and concludes next weekend in Unst.

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Seasons of the Shetland Crofter - Last chance to enter

02JulSeasons of the Shetland Crofter - Last chance to enter Time is running out to submit your entry for the ‘Seasons of the Shetland Crofter’ competition.  You do not have to be a professional photographer or a crofter to win, just submit a photo or video that reflects an aspect of life on a Shetland Croft.  It can be a new image or video, or one from the past.  You could win a luxury Vispring Real Shetland Wool Bed and a stay at the spectacular Sumburgh Head lighthouse.

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Shetland Amenity Trust launches Heritage Season Ticket

25JunShetland Amenity Trust launches Heritage Season Ticket Shetland Amenity Trust has announced the release of a new ‘Heritage Season Ticket’.  The ticket can be used at Shetland Amenity Trust sites in the South Mainland including Sumburgh Head Lighthouse & Visitor Centre, Old Scatness Broch and Iron Age Village, and the Crofthouse Museum at Dunrossness.  The ticket provides up to a third off the usual ticket price and means that you can visit the sites as many times as you wish throughout the season.

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A native Shetland Hazelnut

25JunA native Shetland Hazelnut Growing quietly in the Staney Hill horticultural unit, a relict of Shetland’s ancient woodlands is springing to life once more. The woodlands team at the Shetland Amenity Trust have successfully cloned and pollinated the last native hazel tree in Shetland and it has produced its first hazelnut.

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Shetland Nature Festival Programme Launched

12JunShetland Nature Festival Programme Launched Saturday 6th to Sunday 14th July will see the return of the Shetland Nature Festival with a bigger and better programme than ever before. Shetland Amenity Trust has just announced the bumper programme of events which stretch from Unst to Fair Isle, and Eshaness to Skerries, and many places in between.

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2019 Shetland Boat Week Programme Launched

11Jun Shetland Amenity Trust is pleased to announce the launch of the 2019 programme of events for Shetland Boat Week, to be held from 5th to 11th August. Sponsored by Ocean Kinetics, So Much to Sea, Lerwick Port Authority and Serco NorthLink Ferries, the event includes a number of new activities this year to complement the return of firm favourites.

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SAT announces Geopark partnership with Mirrie Dancers

04Jun Shetland Amenity Trust (SAT) has announced a partnership with Mirrie Dancers Chocolatier to celebrate and promote Shetland’s Geopark status.

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Looking to the future

12May Shetland Amenity Trust is looking to the future of Shetland’s natural and cultural heritage and the future work of the Trust itself. They are now asking for feedback from groups, organisations and individuals on what the priorities should be for the Trust in the coming years.

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Our Millionth Visitor!

22Mar Our team at the Shetland Museum & Archives welcomed their millionth visitor on Thursday 21st March.

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Shetland Wool Week 2019 Patron Announced

22MarShetland Wool Week 2019 Patron Announced The Shetland Wool Week guest patron for 2019 has been named today as Shetland ‘Man of Wool’, Oliver Henry. The news was announced yesterday morning at the start of Scotland’s largest urban yarn and fibre event, the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, where the Shetland Wool Week team is exhibiting.

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Welcoming tenders for Hay’s Dock Café

15JanWelcoming tenders for Hay’s Dock Café Do you have what it takes to deliver a great café offering in a 5 star Visitor Attraction? We work hard to feed the imagination of all our visitors at Shetland Museum and Archives - up to 90,000 of them per year - but sometimes they need something more. We are inviting tenders for the operation of our in-house café ‘Hay’s Dock Café’ for the period of 1 year.

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Museum loses a treasure

18DecMuseum loses a treasure Shetland Museum and Archives lost one of its greatest treasures last week as member of staff Cathy Hallett retired. Cathy has been a Visitor Services Assistant at the Museum since its opening in 2007 when she welcomed Queen Sonja of Norway and the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay to our Museum.

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The Mystery of the Three Kirks

03DecThe Mystery of the Three Kirks A small sandstone altar found recently at Eshaness has sparked a mystery at the Shetland Museum and Archives. Shetland Amenity Trust staff were preparing the altar for exhibition at the Museum when they discovered that the sandstone was not in fact from Shetland.

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Businesses and Communities Redd Up Remote Areas

27NovBusinesses and Communities Redd Up Remote Areas With marine industries and land owners realising the benefits of making positive change, this year saw a large increase in the number of remote areas cleared through Da Voar Redd Up.

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The Vikings are coming - prepare for a spectacular audio visual theatrical performance

14NovThe Vikings are coming - prepare for a spectacular audio visual theatrical performance Shetland Amenity Trust is delighted to announce that the international Follow the Vikings Roadshow is coming to Shetland on Saturday 24th November. Celebrations will begin with a Family Fun Day at the Shetland Museum and Archives from 10.30am to 4pm, followed by a unique contemporary show portraying Viking heritage in Mareel from 7.30pm.

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Shetland Amenity Trust Appoints Head of Engagement

05NovShetland Amenity Trust Appoints Head of Engagement The Shetland Amenity Trust is delighted to announce that after a thorough and independent recruitment process conducted by external consultants, Sandy Middleton has been appointed to the position of Head of Engagement.

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Hay’s Dock Café Restaurant Closure

03NovHay’s Dock Café Restaurant Closure Hay’s Dock Café Restaurant, in the Shetland Museum and Archives, has closed in the face of recent, very challenging trading conditions. The decision was taken with regret, but the business is not currently profitable.

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Peerie Boat Week Proves Popular

21AugPeerie Boat Week Proves Popular Shetland Amenity Trust have released details of the numbers of visitors to the Peerie Boat Week event last week and are pleased with the turnout and public feedback on the miniature maritime festival.

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Shetland Amenity Trust hopes to take on graduates

27JulShetland Amenity Trust hopes to take on graduates Shetland Amenity Trust, keen to explore the possibility of bringing graduates to live and work in the islands, is offering two graduate placements in key areas of its operations. These posts would be part of the ScotGrad Programme and would be part-funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Regional Development Fund.

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Peerie Boat Week Programme now online

24JulPeerie Boat Week Programme now online Shetland Amenity Trust have published the first details of the Peerie Boat Week programme online this morning ahead of the maritime festival next month. The printed programme, sponsored by Serco NorthLink Ferries, will be available shortly.

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Shetland Amenity Trust Leadership Team Reorganisation

23JulShetland Amenity Trust Leadership Team Reorganisation The Shetland Amenity Trust is delighted to announce that after a thorough and independent recruitment process conducted by external consultants, the following appointments have been made to its Leadership Team:

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2018 Shetland Nature Festival Programme Launched

17Jul2018 Shetland Nature Festival Programme Launched Shetland Amenity Trust, in partnership with RSPB Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage is delighted to announce that the programme for the 2018 Shetland Nature Festival has now been published online, with tickets available to book now. This year the Festival will run from Saturday 28th July to Sunday 5th August inclusive.

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Peerie Boat Week Programme to launch in July

16JulPeerie Boat Week Programme to launch in July Shetland Amenity Trust, organisers of the 2018 Shetland maritime festival are preparing to announce full programme details shortly for the August event.

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The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour 2018

04MayThe National Gallery Masterpiece Tour 2018 Five hundred years after the dazzling genius of Hans Holbein, a painting by one of the greatest portraitists of all time can now be seen in Shetland.

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Election of Trustees

10AprElection of Trustees There are a number of vacancies on the board of trustees that the Shetland Amenity Trust is looking to fill. Applications are open until Monday 30th April.

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Trustee applications welcomed!

08Mar Shetland Amenity Trust is still looking to recruit some new trustees.

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Shetland Amenity Trust appoints new Chief Executive

05MarShetland Amenity Trust appoints new Chief Executive The Trustees of the Shetland Amenity Trust are pleased to announce their appointment of Mat Roberts as the Trust’s Chief Executive Officer.

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31st Voar Redd Up Launched

27Feb Shetland Amenity Trust has announced the dates for Shetland’s 31st annual Voar Redd Up, with the main weekend to take place 28th and 29th April 2018.

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2017 Shetland Environmental Awards Presented

15Nov2017 Shetland Environmental Awards Presented The winners of the 2017 Shetland Environmental Awards have been announced at a ceremony in Shetland Museum and Archives today.

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Eighth Shetland Wool Week begins this weekend

20SepEighth Shetland Wool Week begins this weekend The eighth Shetland Wool Week will be kicking off on Saturday 23 September for a nine-day celebration of Shetland’s textile heritage and wool and crofting communities.

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Shetland Amenity Trust Chair Retires

13SepShetland Amenity Trust Chair Retires Brian Gregson, who has chaired Shetland Amenity Trust for the past decade, has decided to step down from the position ahead of the Trust’s annual general meeting next month.

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Benefits of Small Scale Woodlands Event

04SepBenefits of Small Scale Woodlands Event The SRDP Farm advisory Service has arranged a series of presentations, including the Trusts Peatland Restoration Officer, Sue White.

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Still time to apply for Environmental Awards

23AugStill time to apply for Environmental Awards Shetland Amenity Trust is reminding local environmental projects that they have less than two weeks left to enter the Shetland Environmental Awards.

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2017 Shetland Environmental Awards Launched

28Jul2017 Shetland Environmental Awards Launched Launched today, the Shetland Amenity Trust is looking for nominations for the Shetland Environmental Awards. Any environmental project is eligible to apply.

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2017 Shetland Nature Festival Programme Announced

01Jun2017 Shetland Nature Festival Programme Announced The programme of events for the 2017 Shetland Nature Festival has been published online today, with tickets available from Monday 5th June.

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Shetland Museum and Archives Celebrates Ten Years

29MayShetland Museum and Archives Celebrates Ten Years Shetland Museum and Archives will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the service on Saturday 3rd June with a day of special events.

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Peatland Restoration at Sandy Loch

21AprPeatland Restoration at Sandy Loch Shetland Amenity Trust and local contractor Sean Mackenzie have recently been working on a peatland restoration project, funded by Scottish Water, at the Sandy Loch just outside Lerwick.

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Shetland Precast & Groundworks Ltd Leases Enviroglass

18AprShetland Precast & Groundworks Ltd Leases Enviroglass Shetland Amenity Trust is pleased to announce that its glass recycling enterprise, Enviroglass has been leased to a local family business experienced in the precast industry.

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Still time to register for Redd Up

12AprStill time to register for Redd Up There is still time to register for the 2017 Voar Redd Up, due to be held the weekend of 22nd & 23rd April.

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Shetland Boat Week Sponsors Confirmed

12AprShetland Boat Week Sponsors Confirmed Shetland Amenity Trust, organisers of Shetland Boat Week, is pleased to announce the key sponsors for this year’s event. Lerwick Port Authority have committed support alongside last year’s sponsors Ocean Kinetics and Serco NorthLink Ferries.

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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 Follow the Vikings Project Launched Follow the Vikings Project LaunchedZoom 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 28th Voar Redd Up Launched 28th Voar Redd Up LaunchedZoom 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

11AprHavera 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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