George Waterston Memorial Centre and Museum

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George Waterston OBE (1911 1980), the former Scottish Director of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, was a much loved figure who had massive and positive influence on Fair Isle. He bought the island after World War 11 and co-founded the Bird Observatory in 1948, giving the isle's economy a much needed boost.

In 1955 the National Trust for Scotland succeeded him as landlord and helped islanders to step emigration and revitalise the community. Dr Waterston's memorial is a fascinating museum in the former Fair Isle School, packed with displays of the island's history from prehistoric times to the present. A guided tour is available on request.

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Opening hours

Mon Fri 1400-1600
Wed 1000-1200
Open other times by appointment only

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Natural Sciences, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, World Cultures, Fine Art, Music, Weapons and War, Coins and Medals, Personalities, Social History, Land Transport, Maritime

George Waterston Memorial Centre and Museum
Auld Skoll
Fair Isle
Shetland Islands



01595 760244


01595 760 244

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