Between Islands Project 2019/20

Please visit the Between Islands online exhibition ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).  

The exhibition is available in both Gaelic and English and is the culmination of two years’ work by Museum & Tasglann nan Eilean staff working alongside Shetland Museum & Archives, and Orkney Museums.   

Through this exhibition we ask ‘What do you think is the most unexpected thing about the islands?’ There are many misconceptions about life in the Outer Hebrides, Shetland and Orkney, past and present.  We will explore the wonderful blend that is our reality through this exhibition as we draw on innovations, technology, folklore, language and especially the unusual and unexpected! 

For further information about the exhibition email or MuseumU&

The Between Islands Project was devised by An Lanntair and funded through the LEADER 2014-2020 regional cooperation project linking the Outer Hebrides with the Orkney & Shetland Islands.

One of the project aims was to highlight the historical links between the three island groups whilst exploring the modern-day similarities and differences and the museums from each area worked to create their own exhibition on this theme.

ORKNEY: BETWEEN ISLANDS (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) looks at Island writers artists and makers including a section on Harris Tweed.

FAIR GAME (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) sees Shetland Museum and Archives examine three customs that are nowadays seen by some as ‘politically incorrect’: hunting seabirds and eggs, whaling, and harvesting peat.

For further information about the wider Between Islands project which also encompasses music, art and film making contact Alex Macdonald, Project Coordinator or visit the main project website (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).