Shetland Museum and Archives
Shetland Amenity Trust is the managing organisation for Shetland Museum and Archives. Since opening in 2007, the building has become the top visitor attraction in Shetland, consistently welcoming over 83,000 visitors per year and maintaining a Five Star Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Award from Visit Scotland.
Shetland Museum and Archives is managed and funded by way of a Service Level Agreement between Shetland Amenity Trust and Shetland Islands Council. Although funding has been cut in recent difficult financial times, the Trust still maintains a free entry policy and operates a seven day per week service.
The service has full accreditation from the Museums Libraries and Archives Council and has entered into successful partnership agreements with National Museums Scotland and The British Museum. These agreements have led to the loan of such high profile items as the world famous Lewis Chessmen, and the equally stunning Gayer Anderson Cat.
Shetland Museum and Archives have an excellent on-going programme of Lifelong Learning events, exhibitions, collection conservation and research facilitation. This benefits local schools, families, community groups, local and visiting academics and other visitors to our islands.