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25 September 2021 (11am - 4pm)
26 September 2021 (2pm - 5pm)
The ‘Old Haa of Brough’, was built by Robert Tyrie, a local merchant. He completed the 3 storey building in 1672, and it went on to become the home of various merchants and Hanseatic Traders.
The building is unique and was listed on 13 August 1971 as a building of local significance in Shetland, with its defining arches proudly curving towards the main road in front of the museum. It also has a beautiful walled garden with inuksuit statues constructed from Yell stone.
The Old Haa Trust, formed in 1984, acquired the building from the Shetland Amenity Trust, with the proviso that they would “look after the building on behalf of the people of Yell.” With this in mind, extensive repairs took place and the Old Haa was opened as a museum. The Trust later purchased the Smiddy next door, which was incorporated into the museum, and which now houses the Gift Shop and Gallery. The Old Haa is a partner of Shetland Geopark.
For Doors Open Days 2021 visitors can enjoy our newly digitised photos and sound archive available in Natural History room on first floor (curated by Karl Graham). You can also catch the History exhibition, which holds the History of Halls in Yell, and catch displays about coasts and waters in the Downstairs exhibition room.
Visitors can also head to the tearoom for a selection of hot and cold drinks, and home baking, browse and buy from the shop and check out the beautiful and maintained walled garden.
Photo credits: Robert Odie, Old Haa Trustee
Explore Shetland through the eyes of photographer Bobby Tulloch; his collection of photos was donated to the Old Haa Trust.explore Shetland in pictures
Building Date: 1672