FETLAR MUSEUM TRUST is a group of people on the small island of Fetlar in Shetland working voluntarily to preserve, record, interpret and display the social and natural heritage of the island for the benefit of both local people and visitors. The Trust runs Fetlar Interpretive Centre, the island's dynamic museum and visitor centre.An exhibition room in Fetlar Interpretive Centre.
We are a charitable trust, whose running costs are partly covered by Shetland Amenity Trust. In the winter we are dependent on finding our own funding for projects, and we are proud of the fact that, so far, we have managed to secure funding for projects every winter, which have employed a number of local people. Our other income is derived from visitor donations and from the sale of our publications.
In 2000, Fetlar Interpretive Centre became the first museum in Shetland to achieve full registration under phase two of the national museums registration scheme (managed by re:source, formerly MGC). This recognises our achievement of the required standards and demonstrates our commitment to good practice in museum work. It is also recognised as an indicator of responsible management by many funding bodies.
In 2002, the museum was a runner-up at the Scottish Thistle Awards, which recognises achievement in tourism development.