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The Bressay History Group

The Bressay History Group is an enthusiastic voluntary group formed in 1990 that works to promote and preserve the heritage of the island. The group researches, collects and preserves aspects of Bressay’s cultural and natural history.

The group manages and maintains the Bressay Heritage Centre, a purpose-built tourist attraction located at Leiraness, next to the island’s ferry terminal. The Heritage Centre operates as a Tourist Information Point, with a group member in attendance during opening hours. The reconstructed structures are housed immediately adjacent to the Heritage Centre.

The Group runs annual exhibitions portraying aspects of Bressay history at the Heritage Centre, and each winter, a programme of lectures takes place with both local and visiting speakers.

The group have participated in a number of heritage projects and were involved in Shetland’s Past, a project initiated by the Shetland Amenity Trust which encourages local groups to record archaeological sites. A report on the group’s coastal survey can be seen at www.shorewatch.co.uk/html/reports.html

The Bressay History Group has also been involved in the Millennium Project where they made a photographic record of all island households and their inhabitants in the year 2000.

The group has also recorded all of Bressay’s buildings, both inhabited and ruinous and including all of the watermills and wells on the island.

 

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