About Us

The Shetland Textile Museum holds a collection of Shetland textiles which shows the heritage skills unique to these Isles.

Our Collection comprises several hundred items. It includes Fair Isle knitting, Shetland lace, Shetland Taatit rugs and woven tweed. Tools associated with the production of Shetland textiles, and papers and patterns are also held in the Collection. The date range covers 1870 to 2018.

Who We Are

The Shetland Textile Museum Trust has been a registered Scottish charity since 1997. There are currently 8 elected trustees:

  • Barbara Gray (Chairman)
  • Dorota Rychlik (Vice-Chairman)
  • Barbara Cheyne (Secretary)
  • Ingirid Eunson
  • James Neilson
  • Linda Newington
  • Marion Ockendon
  • Lauretta Robertson

Alan Ockendon is our Honorary Treasurer.

Brita Hovenmark is our seasonal manager.

Carol Christiansen is our Museum Mentor.

Aims & Objectives:

  • Foster the heritage skills of Shetland textiles.
  • Conserve and care for the Collection for future generations.
  • Provide opportunities for everyone to access our Collection
  • Mount an informative and enjoyable annual exhibition.
  • Display objects that can be handled, and tools that can be used.
  • Demonstrate knitting, spinning and weaving.
  • Give information about our Museum and Collection on this website.

We are a fully accredited museum under the Museums and Galleries of Scotland. This means that all our policies, programmes and planning have met the criteria for a professionally run museum with a competent and trained management body.