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Unst Heritage Centre

Door open days

28 September 2019 (11am - 4pm)

29 September 2019 (1:30pm - 4pm)


This building in Haroldswick Unst provided education in the area from 1880s to 1997.  In the early days classes were conducted in three class rooms. The rooms had connecting doors and high windows.The adjoining house and garden once the home of the headteacher is now private.  About 1988 the basic toilets were demolished to make room for a single story extension. The pupils and staff benefited from new toilets, a staff room and a spacious classroom. Pupil numbers decreased and in 1997 all pupils were enrolled at Baltasound school. 

In the 1980s, a few enthusiasts realised that the way of life linked to the old methods of crofting and fishing was changing quickly and they established a small Heritage Centre. After some years, their collection was relocated to the now redundant Haroldswick school. Today the Heritage Centre is  an accredited museum and a 3 Star Visitor Attraction.


Key Information

Open for exploration!

  • Exhibitions

  • Displays - Crofting Knitting

  •  Family History - School Records

  •  Children's corner with activities

Unst Heritage Centre will also put on a special event as part of Doors Open Days - an afternoon with the Shetland ForWirds! The Shetland ForWirds promote and celebrate the unique Shetland dialect and will be at the Unst Heritage Centre on Sunday, 1.30pm-4pm.

  • Unst Heritage Centre
  • Haroldswick
  • Unst, Shetland
  • ZE2 9ED