Shetland Textile Museum is a community museum in Lerwick – the only one of its kind dedicated to the islands’ textile heritage. We have examples of Fair Isle knitting, lace knitting, tweed and taatit rugs, as well as a large loom and wooden tools associated with Shetland textiles.
Shetland Textile Museum holds a collection of Shetland textiles which shows the heritage skills unique to these Isles. Our Collection comprises nearly 700 items. It includes Fair Isle knitting, Shetland lace knitting, Shetland taatit rugs and woven tweed. Tools associated with the production of Shetland textiles, and papers and patterns are also held in the Collection, with a date range from 1870 to 2021. We also have an Archive section, and a small library.
There are demonstrators working every day at the Bod. These are skilled practitioners of Fair Isle or lace knitting, and many days there are spinners and weavers as well. They happily discuss their work and answer questions about techniques, patterns or yarn, and Shetland in general. The Shetland Textile Museum Trust has been a registered Scottish charity since 1997, with 8 trustees, an Honorary Treasurer and a Museum Mentor. We are a fully accredited museum under Museums and Galleries 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. Our aims and objectives are to: 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 informative and enjoyable annual exhibitions. Display objects that can be handled, and tools that can be used. Demonstrate knitting, spinning and weaving. Give information about our Museum and Collection.