In an unassuming old building by the marina in Lerwick there is a textile treasure trove. Over 1000 textile artefacts and patterns are in the collection of the Shetland Textile Working Museum (STWM), which resides in the Böd of Gremista. The building itself is the birthplace of Arthur Anderson, who founded both the Anderson High School and P&O ferries and, in 1837, gifted Queen Victoria with stockings of Shetland Fine Lace.
The STWM is a community museum run by volunteers, and is the only museum in Shetland dedicated to historical and contemporary textiles.That means it gets visitors from all over the world through its doors to see the beautiful building and its contents, and to take part in regular demonstrations of spinning, knitting and weaving.
The search is on for people to lend a hand with all aspects of the museum – both the building and the collection – to get it ready for the opening this summer. There’s a task to suit everyone: putting up fittings and mounting exhibition cases, sweeping floors and polishing glass, moving signs, curating the historical and contemporary exhibitions, organising the gift shop, designing promotional material and helping spread the word.
The museum have always shared good links with Jamieson & Smith. We work closely together on lots of bits and pieces – most recently an exhibition by textiles students at the Shetland College for last year’s Shetland Wool Week. To say thankyou the team here are mucking in in our spare time. Come join us? See Facebook for details on how to get in touch…