Community / Trustees approve reopening of museum

Shetland Museum and Archives remains the most popular visitor attraction in Shetland according to the latest survey. Photo Shetland Amenity Trust
Shetland Museum and Archives. Photo: Shetland Amenity Trust

SHETLAND Amenity Trust (SAT) trustees have approved the reopening of the museum on Thursday (16 July).

Chief executive Mat Roberts said it will be subject to the trust’s chairman and one of the vice-chairs doing walkthroughs with the staff next week.

The Shetland Museum and Archives in Lerwick is in line to reopen after being closed in March as the isles’ cultural and heritage sector begins to remerge from the coronavirus pandemic.


Earlier today (Friday) SAT trustees met in a remote meeting and approved the reopening.

Roberts also said the trust has now received the UK-wide industry standard ‘We’re Good to Go’ accreditation for the reopening.

It has been developed by VisitBritain in collaboration with VisitScotland and others to provide confidence for visitors, communities and tourism businesses.

Visitors to the museum will be asked to book online or phone before visiting, while one-way systems have been implemented across the building.

Timed tickets will enable people to explore the different sections of the building while maintaining social distancing.

An indoor picnic area has also been created while the upstairs cafe remains closed.