Greetings from Shetland

We are now open to booked appointments only. A big step in the right direction, although limited to a maximum of two people at one time.

Contact Elinor ( or myself if you would like to visit us.

To find us in Lerwick the What3words App is a great way to locate us, to find the side door entrance use: ///sweeper.glideline.split  (or a tap on our side window will alert us to your arrival!)

We are pleased to announce that the Shetland FHS will be holding a free Virtual Conference on Saturday the 27th November (UK time). This will be on Zoom and hosted by Scottish Indexes.

We have three speakers lined up – Laughton Johnston talking about Shetland Captains 1850-19; Jon Sandison giving a guide to the Commonwealth War Graves in Shetland; and Professor Wendy Wickwire talking about James Teit, the renowned Shetland anthropologist. We are waiting confirmation of our fourth speaker, who will be announced in due course. We will finish with a live open question and answer session on Saturday evening (UK time).

The talks are being pre-recorded so that they will be available online enabling people in every time zone to see them over that weekend.

Registration is online and now open, you can do so by clicking here.The event is completely free but if anyone would like to help us offest the costs of hosting, a small donation can be made if you wish via the red "Donate" buttons on this website.

Finally for now, this short video gives you a taste of what we do, who and where we are.

We all enjoyed making the video, many thanks to Barnum Smith and Mary Blance for all the help they gave us. Hope you enjoy it!

Susan Cooper

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