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History / Museum’s ‘impressive collections’ uploaded to online catalogue

Angus Johnson, Archives Assistant; Mark Smith, Archives Assistant and Brian Smith, Archivist. Photo: Shetland Museum

SHETLAND MUSEUM and Archives have revealed their new digitised catalogue which can be viewed from today (Tuesday).

The new website contains more than 120,000 descriptions of records from the archives.

Additionally, around 700 paper and audio records have been digitised.

Archivist Brian Smith said: “The Shetland Museum and Archives has impressive collections of documents, books and oral history recordings. We are delighted that we are now able to share details of this material with a much broader audience.

“There are now more than 400 audio files online, many of them interviews recorded in the 1980s and 1990s. They provide a fascinating insight into life in Shetland during that time.

“Many of the interviewees are fantastic storytellers, and it is a joy to listen as they share memories of fishing, crofting, childhood tales and general everyday life in the isles which are often told in broad Shetland dialect.”

Many digital files of historical documents can now be viewed and downloaded for free.

Smith continued: “Our new online archive catalogue will be a valuable resource for researchers and anyone with an interest in Shetland’s history. It is easy to use, has a good search function and has a responsive design, which means it displays well on mobiles and tablets.

“Now that we have launched the new website we plan to continue to update it regularly – if there are any specific documents or audio files you wish to see digitised you can get in touch with us.”

The museum is holding drop-ins with the archives team to answer questions about the new catalogue.

The team will be in the Searchroom on 16 and 17 August from 2pm to 4.30pm.

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