Scalloway Museum

Scalloway Museum
Castle Street
Scalloway
Shetland
Shetland Islands
 ZE1 0TP
Scotland

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Scalloway Museum is owned by a charity, the Shetland Bus Friendship Society, and run by volunteers. The charity instated a memorial (unveiled in 2003) to those who served and died in Shetland Bus operations during World War II. The Shetland Bus was the name given to clandestine operations to and from occupied Norway during the war. The full story of the memorial and the Shetland Bus are told in the Scalloway at War section of this museum. Scalloway had a small museum previously and moved to its current site (a disused knitwear factory) in 2011. The Museum has exhibits covering Ancient Scalloway, The Boom Years, Time of War and Scalloway’s People. The Scalloway Museum is adjacent to the Scalloway Castle.

www.scallowaymuseum.org

E-mail

curator@scallowaymuseum.org

Telephone

01595 880734

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Scalloway Museum

Scalloway was once the capital of Shetland but in later years has been a prosperous fishing port. Fishing features in the museum, yet the unique story concerns “The Shetland Bus”. In the Second World War there was a renewal of old contacts with Norway, and a small fleet of fishing boats ran a shuttle service taking refugees out and taking arms and freedom fighters in - the 'Shetland Bus Operation'. The Scalloway Museum tells the part Shetland played in WW2 through photographs, artefacts and interpretive panels.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Open 11 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday
2 pm to 4 pm, Sundays
Open from mid-April until mid-October

Admission charges

£3 admission fee for all adults (season ticket issued which gives access all year)
£1 for children under 16
Free for children under 6

Getting there

Shetland can be reached by sea via Northlink ferries or by air using Flybe. Scalloway is situated on the West of the main Island only 5 miles from Lerwick. When entering Scalloway, turn left at the first roundabout. The Museum is situated at the end of Castle Street next to the Castle.

Additional info

Disabled access and toilets (wheelchair available)
Children's Play Area
Café serving hot and cold drinks and cakes, biscuits, etc

Collection details

Maritime, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Shetland Bus Operation
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Boat on the rocks

The Shetland Bus: Celebrating 70 Years since the end of WWII - Saturday

  • 16 May 2015

The Shetland Bus has a dramatic history. Running boats between Shetland and Norway during WWII, the Shetland Bus was significant in assisting the Norwegian resistance. Now, to celebrate 70 years since the end of WWII and to coincide with Norway's National Day, we'll be remembering the daring exploits of those nighttime missions and the brave men who risked all in giving us a safe future. We'll start the day with a film presentation depicting events during the Second World War, then it's all down to Scalloway Hall for a war-time variety concert, complete with Norwegian choir. Supper is provided then, for those with stamina and a smart pair of dancing shoes, it's off to the British Legion to dance the night away.

Entry to the events is by donation but the Concert on Saturday evening is ticketed, £8 for adults and £5 for children.

Saturday 16 May (afternoon) - Film Show in the North Atlantic Fisheries College, Scalloway
Saturday 16 May (evening,) - War-time Variety Concert and Supper in the Scalloway Hall, Scalloway
Saturday 16 May, 10.00 pm - Dance in the British Legion, Scalloway

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Admission

Entry to the Museum is by season ticket which costs £3 per adult, £1 for under 16s and free to under 6s.
Events are by donation except for the concert which is £8 for adults and £5 for children.

Website

http://scallowaymuseum.org

Boat on the rocks

The Shetland Bus: Celebrating 70 Years since the end of WWII - Sunday

  • 17 May 2015

The Shetland Bus has a dramatic history. Running boats between Shetland and Norway during WWII, the Shetland Bus was significant in assisting the Norwegian resistance. Now, to celebrate 70 years since the end of WWII and to coincide with Norway's National Day, we'll be remembering the daring exploits of those nighttime missions and the brave men who risked all in giving us a safe future. We begin the day with a commemorative church service at Lunna Kirk, Vidlin, home of the original secret base on Shetland, followed by lunch in the Vidlin Hall. In the afternoon, a short memorial service will be held at the Shetland Bus Memorial in Scalloway, followed by refreshments at Scalloway Museum.

Sunday 17 May (morning, time tbc) - Church Service at Lunna Kirk, Vidlin
Sunday 17 May (time tbc) - Lunch in the Vidlin Hall
Sunday 17 May, 3.00 pm - Memorial Service, Shetland Bus Memorial, Scalloway
Sunday 17 May, 3.30 pm - Teas following the Memorial Service in the Scalloway Museum, Scalloway

Suitable for

Website

http://scallowaymuseum.org

Getting there

Shetland can be reached by sea via Northlink ferries or by air using Flybe. Scalloway is situated on the West of the main Island only 5 miles from Lerwick. When entering Scalloway, turn left at the first roundabout. The Museum is situated at the end of Castle Street next to the Castle.

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