Tickets go live on Sat 18 May

This is just a quick update to let you know that tickets to Shetland Wool Week 2019 will go on sale on Saturday 18 May at 10.00am (BST)

We will send through more details on how to access the programme in another newsletter so keep an eye on your emails.

For all members we will email the advanced copy of the programme to you by Friday 10 May, giving you a week to get planning! It’s a big programme, so you may find it easier to print it all out and plan your schedules.

If you’re not yet a member and would like to see the programme before tickets go live visit our online shop for more details.

Ooie Ollie Blog

If you’re on social media you’ll have seen that this year’s SWW Patron Oliver Henry has launched his new blog page.

Visit his blog to follow his ‘Life with Shetland Wool’.
He has been posting regularly, giving fascinating insights into how his career with Shetland wool started. We’re looking forward to reading his posts over the next few months.


Can you help with a Shetland Museum and Archives Research Project?

In 2013 Shetland Museum was awarded national recognition for its Textile Collection, in demand by designers, makers, historians, and the general public as a source of inspiration, enjoyment and craft development and learning. As yet, the collection remains publicly inaccessible in digital formats, despite proven public interest. Shetland Museum is currently carrying out an assessment of its knitted lace collection. It comprises 200 catalogued garments in the existing collection and an additional 250 uncatalogued pieces from the recent donations of two private collections. Ahead of digitisation, and using the knitted lace collection at Shetland Museum and Archives as a focal point, this research project is undertaking an investigation to understand the most appropriate approach to digitisation for Shetland Museum and Archives Textile Collection.

The initial research will be carried out through a questionnaire and Shetland Museum would like to ask you to contribute to the research. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page where you can read the Participant Agreement form and Privacy Notice to understand your rights as a participant, and then fill in our online questionnaire. We would love to hear your views and any follow up comments you may have.

If you are happy to help, please note that your participation is voluntary. If you decide you do not want to complete the survey, you are able to withdraw by closing your browser and the data will not be collected. Your responses will be anonymous and cannot be traced to you individually. Participants will be only identified by a unique code or standardised description (for example museum worker, academic researcher, designer, etc). The results of this research will inform and shape the future direction of collection digitisation for Shetland Museum and Archives. The data will be used to produce reports and academic publications and presentations.

If you would like further information about the project, please email Roslyn Chapman

Seasons of the Shetland Crofter Competition

Jamieson and Smith have recently launched a new competition to celebrate the work of the Shetland Crofter by collating a selection of photos, stories and videos to promote the crofting industry.

They would like to see what you believe defines the Shetland Crofter throughout the seasons and ask that all entries depict scenes or memories from a specific season.

The competition is aimed at anyone with a crofting connection in Shetland.

Entries do not have to be current; you can draw inspiration from the past, dig out old family photographs or videos or take new ones!

There are some fantastic prizes including a Vispring Real Shetland Wool bed and a weekend stay at the Sumburgh Head Lighthouse. The winning entries will be published in a new J&S book that will be launched at the Shetland Wool Week Opening.

Deadline for entries is 21 July.

Further information can be found here.