Image credits | Créditos de imagen | Crédits photo| Créditos de imagem
Unst Heritage Trust
Museum name | Nombre del museo | Nome do museu | Nom du musée
Unst Heritage Trust
Institutional nature | Nombre del museo | Natureza institucional | Type d'institution
Community Museum / Museo Comunitario / Museu Comunitario / Musée de communauté
Short description | Descripción breve | Descrição resumida | Description brève
Unst Heritage Trust and Unst Boat Haven are dedicated to the cultural heritage and history of this most northerly island in Scotland. The collection includes fine original wooden boats of various types that have been in use over the past 140 years.
El Unst Heritage Trust y el Unst Boat Haven están dedicados al patrimonio cultural y a la historia de esta isla más septentrional de Escocia. La colección incluye los barcos de madera originales de varios tipos que han estado en uso durante los últimos 140 años.
Community | Comunidad | Comunidade | Communauté
Maritime community of Shetland Islands
Main identity icons | Principales iconos de identidad | Iconografia mais relevante | Objets les plus représentatifs
Entity Name | Nombre de la entidad | Nome da entidade
More information | Más información | Mais informação
Origin history | Origen Histórico | Origem história | Origine historique
The Unst Heritage Centre owes its existence to the foresight and effort of the original Unst History Group. Realising that a way of life linked to the old methods of crofting and fishing was disappearing, they organised an exhibition of old artefacts in the Haroldswick Hall.The response was encouraging, making visitors realise that many similar items had already been cast aside.
A further exhibition was organised to coincide with the 1985 ‘Hamefaring’.
It became a priority to save both these artefacts and their stories so the hunt was on to find a suitable permanent home for them. Cost and availability were to make the task very difficult. However, Mouat’s Shop at Haroldswick became vacant and available in 1997.After alterations, much of it carried out by volunteers, it reopened to the public as the Unst Heritage Centre.
Joan Mouat and May Sutherland, with their extensive knowledge of Unst and its people did a sterling job as its main curators. Over the following years old treasures gathered till the building was groaning at the seams.
When the Haroldswick School closed in 1997 the History Group saw the possibility of a larger and suitable venue where the growing collection could be extended and developed.
The Shetland Amenity Trust came to the rescue by purchasing the School and leasing it back to the History Group. The move was made and the old school, which had served the area for 117 years, found a suitable role as Unst’s Heritage Centre.