Community / Textile museum re-opens with new exhibition

The Shetland Textile Museum at the Böd of Gremista. Photos: Barry Broadbent

SHETLAND Textile Museum at the Böd of Gremista has re-opened its doors to the public with a new exhibition on the subject of Claes.

In addition to the usual Fair Isle, lace and tweed items on show cabinets have been arranged to show bairns claes, christening claes, bed claes, ootdoor claes, everyday claes and best claes.


Due to social distancing rules the number of people able to visit the museum at any one time has to be restricted and the usual demonstrators will not be available.

Curator Brita Hövenmark will be there as usual, but due to to Covid-19 she will be behind a screen.

People wanting to visit the textile museum are advised to book in advance to avoid having to wait outside the building until space allows entry.

A spokesperson for the museum said: “We ask that you please wear a mask, and use the hand sanitiser on entry, as well as in the exhibition rooms.

“It’s a fact that Shetland will not have its usual number of visitors from outwith the islands this year, so we’d love it if lots of locals could come and visit us.

“If you’re coming into town from the country, stop by the Böd on your way. If you live in Lerwick, make us a destination on your daily walk – come on in, and bring a friend !

Shetland Textile Museum is open between 12 midday and 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday.