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Our successful exhibition "Fair Isle Knitting through the Decades", told the story of how fair isle knitting, or makkin, has survived and evolved through phases of popularity and decline. The accompanying book and small items of fair isle knitwear can be purchased in the centre; see knitwear examples on our {merchandise page}. Other exhibitions have focused on weddings; life in Whalsay during the 1950s and 1960s; life in Whalsay 100 years ago; and World War I. 

Our WWI project entitled "How WWI Affected a Small Island Community" was put together by a group of Shetland College students with the help of the Heritage Centre volunteers. The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2014 to commemorate the anniversary of the beginning of the war. It was on display until 2018 during the centenary of the armistice.

There is a wealth of information about our previous exhibitions still available to view, see examples of the folders in the gallery below. Click to view. 

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