The Shetland Place Names Project has prioritised collecting names from oral sources before those names, which do not appear on maps or survive in documents, die out altogether. We work with groups and individuals to record place names from throughout Shetland.
Recording methods include:
- using copy maps and recording sheets
- recording conversations;
- studying old maps and aerial photographs;
- walking the ground and photographing sites;
- extracting information from documentary sources;
- marking up photographs and taking videos.
Each name is marked on a map, with running number and details added to a recording sheet. We record how the name is pronounced, other names it is known by, what the feature is and further information, including suggested interpretations. All features are recorded, from rocks and rigs right up to farms and settlements.