Our Events

Gossigarth & Minn Walk

October 1st, 10am to 4pm

Minn Carpark, West Burra

Join us, archaeologist Dr Esther Renwick and Shetland traditional boat specialist Dr Marc Chivers on a guided walk around the headland of south Burra. During this walk we will find signs of human habitation that possibly date from the Bronze Age right through to the modern day. We will wander among the remains of the two toons Gossigarth and Minn during which we share narratives of the folk who once inhabited these two settlements. Meet in Minn carpark but note parking is limited so where possible car share. Please bring a packed lunch, refreshments, waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear. Contact us here for more details.

Local Events

River Kings

September 23rd, 8pm to 9pm

Mareel Auditorium, Lerwick


In River Kings, published in 2020, bioarchaeologist Dr Cat Jarman traces a small bead found in a Viking grave in Derbyshire back to its origins in the Middle East and India, and uncovers epic stories of the Viking age along the way. This book is a riveting reassessment of the often-mythologised voyagers of the north, and of the global medieval world as we know it. Chaired by Dr Andrew Jennings, lecturer and research associate with the Institute for Northern Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands, join him as he discusses the importance of this book and research with Dr Jarman. 


Further Information can be found here.

The Iron Age in the Neolithic Axe Factory

Mainland Events

Highland Archaeology Festival 2022

September 24th to October 14th

The festival is provided by the Highland Council and runs over 3 weeks each late September/October to celebrate the heritage of the Highlands from earliest settlers to modern times, below ground and above. Whether you are a seasoned archaeologist or a complete beginner, the festival will let you explore an amazing range of places and collections. There’s something to suit everyone and many of the events are free! Further Information can be found here.

Just for Laughs




Broch derives from the Old Norse word borg meaning fort. It is found throughout Shetland in many forms - brough, burgh, burgi - as are the many complex Atlantic roundhouses that inspired its name.

It is uncommonly confused with this. Now that is collectively and altogether scary!