• Researchers studying in the archives.
  • Researchers studying in the archives.
  • The records are stored safely in the archives repository.

Archive Collections

The Archives collect, care for and make available records about past and present life in Shetland.

We make them available in a comfortable, quiet searchroom. Our collection contains all kinds of documents, books and sound recordings.  It covers a large range of specialist areas including textiles, fishing and maritime history, literature, music and natural history.

You can find information on the main types of records by clicking on the headings in the left hand navigation bar.

We also hold:

  • A collection of maps and plans - including first and second edition Ordnance Survey maps.
  • About 5000 books, magazines, journals and pamphlets relating to Shetland – on subjects such as archaeology, biography, culture, folklore, genealogy, language, literature, religion, statistics, the sea and war.

Our catalogue is online!

We have just launched the online version of our catalogue. This doesn't contain images of our documents, just the information pertaining to each document. To go to our catalogue website please click go to: http://www.calmview.eu/ShetlandArchive/CalmView/.


The public can access the collections in a comfortable, quiet room which is open:

Monday to Friday 10.00am to 4.00pm (closing at 4.30pm, May to August)  The searchroom is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Everyone is welcome, access to the records is free of charge, and staff are always on hand to help. Material can only be consulted in the Archives - it cannot be borrowed.

You can also contact the Archives to seek advice on a subject of interest, call 01595 741554 or Contact Us.