We are engaged in interdisciplinary research ranging across a wide geographic area covering Scotland, Ireland, Scandinavia and the wider North Atlantic. Our international team of lecturers and researchers are committed to research of international reach and significance. Research expertise covers many fields, such as Highlands and Islands literature, the History of Scotland and Ireland, The Viking Age, Folklore, Dialects and Island Studies. As well as academic research, the team also shares their research with a wider public audience through engagement with local and regional community groups and cultural organisations.

Among the research projects in which staff from the Institute are or have been involved, are the following :

HerInDep: Heritage in Depopulated European Areas content

HerInDep: Heritage in Depopulated European Areas

HerInDep: Heritage in Depopulated European Areas

Staff: Dr Andrew Jennings (PI) and Dr Andrew Lind (CoI)

Duration: 2023-2026

In collaboration with colleagues at Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic) and Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania), the Institute for Northern Studies is a contributing institution to the Heritage in Depopulated European Areas (HerInDep) project. The project deals with how the decline of European peripheral areas is contributing to the loss of intangible culture, abandonment and the degradation of buildings and landscapes, and the impact which this has on the people who live in these depopulated areas. The primary goal of the project is to explore how fragile local communities can resist the consequences of demographic change. The basic theoretical point of departure is that individual and collective remembering of the past is inevitably complex and involves a process of conciliation, remembrance, and oblivion - ghosts of the past inevitably impact present day values. The project will explore how depopulated communities and actors make sense of new realities and power structures in terms of policy, regulation and economic resources, and how these influence both actions and interactions. It will also focus on the stimuli of repurposing processes and the ensuing effects, consequences and potential of abandoned heritage.

The project will focus on three case study regions, each led by one of the participating institutions: Broumovsko (Charles University), Kaunas (Kaunas University) and the Shetland Islands (UHI).

The project seeks to evaluate and inform the behaviour of local, regional and national stakeholders in relation to the threats of depopulation upon cultural heritage. The main desired change is that these stakeholders take into account local voices, those of local actors in depopulated communities. The stakeholders should communicate with local communities and other interested parties in preparing territorially specific cultural policies in order to face the threat of depopulation. The involvement of academia and different associated partners in the project will guarantee that the project will have an important societal influence on these depopulated European areas.


  • Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPICH)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC UKRI)
  • Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MŠMT)
  • Research Council of Lithuania (LMT)


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Scottish Island Futures - 2050 and Beyond content

Scottish Island Futures - 2050 and Beyond

Scottish Island Futures - 2050 and Beyond

Four Workshops in 2023 Exploring the Future of the Scottish Islands

With the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 and the current £100 million Islands Growth Deal, Scottish society is becoming more aware of the importance of the Scottish islands. However, what future awaits them? Four themed workshops will research potential futures, exploring their demographic challenges, their large-scale renewable power generation projects, space centres, rich cultural heritages, and creative industries. The workshops will involve expert island researchers from Scotland, Ireland, and members of the UArctic Thematic Network Arctic and Northern Islands Research from the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Canada and Finland. The experts will engage with islanders during the workshops, conference and on the Institute for Northern Studies UHI website.

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Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Windswept content

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Windswept

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Windswept

This KTP will apply a cross-disciplinary approach to increase this microbrewery’s operational and economic sustainability by introducing technologies to reduce energy usage and wastewater volume, and enhancing the company’s brand identity by engaging the community and other stakeholders in shaping the vision and sharing the sustainability journey as it unfolds.

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Where were the Orcades?: Early medieval engagement with the Islands at the end of the Earth content

Where were the Orcades?: Early medieval engagement with the Islands at the end of the Earth

Where were the Orcades?: Early medieval engagement with the Islands at the end of the Earth

Support from the Scottish Catholic Historical Association Early Career and Independent Researcher Fund is allowing Dr Oisín Plumb to undertake a project looking into the use of the term ‘Orcades’ in early medieval sources. Early medieval references to Orc, Orcades, and Orcades Insula are usually translated as ‘Orkney’. However, the lack of overt early medieval references to Shetland or the Western Isles prior to Norse settlement suggests that such a translation cannot be accepted without question. The ninth abbot of Iona, Adomnán’s treatment of the Orcades suggests that he perceived the term to encompass the farthest reaches of humanity- emphasising Iona’s key role in ministering to the ends of the Earth. The ambiguous nature of references to the Orcades after Norse settlement suggests that there may have been some continuity in the use of the term to cover most of Scotland’s most northerly islands.

This project will ask if medieval scholars considered the Orcades to encompass a wider territory than Orkney alone, looking specifically at the portrayal of the Orcades within the ‘Anglo-Saxon mappa mundi’ within British Library Cotton MS Tiberius B V. On the map, islands labelled ORCADES INSULA cover an extensive area. Some look as if they have been drawn on top of what had previously been parts of the Scottish mainland. The investigation will consider if this map has been adjusted over time and, if this is the case, why this might have been. The grant from the Scottish Catholic Historical Association funded travel to London to allow for investigation of the manuscript. Multi-spectral images provided by the library have provided further invaluable material for the study.

Connectivity and Communication in Norse Orkney content

Connectivity and Communication in Norse Orkney

Connectivity and Communication in Norse Orkney

This project broadens the investigation of communication and connectivity of Norse society in the Orkney archipelago and the wider North Atlantic between the 9th and the 15th century AD, using an innovative and interdisciplinary methodology. This work builds on a pilot project, which located major navigable waterways that cut across the West Mainland of Orkney, thus explaining the concentration of power of the Norse Earls in this area of Orkney. This new project combines research detailing place-names and medieval written sources, inspection of the landscape using historic maps and fieldwork including geophysical analysis of abandoned river channels as well as core sampling of buried landscapes, such as silted-up lochs. It examines the Orkney archipelago in the search for inland water routes, portages for boats and ‘defence systems’, drawing on the growing evidence of such features in Scotland and Scandinavia. In addition, tidal modelling will be carried out, allowing an evaluation of suggested outer waterway paths around and through the archipelago which will be compared with inland waterways. In this way, the project will produce novel and ground-breaking results connecting inland waterways to marine transport corridors, with the ultimate goal of producing a whole new map of Norse Orkney within its wider geographical setting in the North Atlantic. The results will be presented in digital maps, as well as a number of publications examining in detail the fieldwork methodology and how identified communication routes changes our view of communication in the Norse period.

The project is funded by an APEX award from The Royal Society.

Islands Strategy Project content

Islands Strategy Project

Islands Strategy Project

The University of the Highlands and Islands has launched an online survey to gather the views of community members, public bodies, businesses and the voluntary sector of the islands of Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides in relation to the university’s Islands Strategy published in 2020.

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Mora äng: site of royal inauguration, assembly and cult content

Mora äng: site of royal inauguration, assembly and cult

Mora äng: site of royal inauguration, assembly and cult

The project involves an archeological landscape study of the assembly and royal inauguration site at Mora äng in Uppland, north of Stockholm. Mora is mentioned as a royal inauguration site from the late 13th century to the 15th century in various sources, as well as in carved stones at the site. The earliest reference is found in Erikskrönikan (Eric’s Chronicle, which recounts that Magnus Ladulås was elected king here in 1275).

Assembly sites were always located at key places in the landscape, often where several major roads and waterways met, so that the place could be easily reached by people throughout the surrounding area. Mora äng displays typical assembly site features, and is located next to the river Långhundraleden, now called Fyrisån, an important water route linking the interior of Uppland with the Baltic Sea. Mora was presumabl a suitable location for an assembly for the three folkland units that later came to form the province of Uppland, i.e. Tiundaland, Attundaland and Fjärdrundaland, since it was situated on the boundary between Tiundaland and Attundaland. This site was also the most suitable for attendees from Fjädrundaland, since they could travel along the Örsundaån river to the northern part of Lake Mälaren and then on to Mora via Fyrisån and Långhundraleden.

Assemblies and royal inaugurations involved many rituals, which can be traced both in archeological and in written evidence. According to Eric’s Chronicle, the newly elected king was to be lifted up on a stone at Mora. In the 17th century stated that the king’s stone was surrounded by twelve other stones. According to the medieval provincial laws the people of Svealand could dethrone their king, something which as is also mentioned in Icelandic sagas. The Saga of Olav the Holy mentions that five kings had been drowned at Múlathing [Mora Assembly].

Studies of assembly sites have revealed they were often surrounded by stones or posts, interpreted as a form of viband, which was the holy demarcation of assembly sites mentioned in medieval texts. The topography of the site, together with watercourses and wetlands and monuments were used to create ’a symbolic island’, where special laws and regulations applied. A reconstruction of older shorelines at Mora äng suggests that during the Vendel period (c. AD 550-750) and/or the Viking Age (c. 750-1050), it was a small island surrounded by water or marshland. This is further evidenced by place names: Mora means “wetland”, and the adjacent meadow is called Blötan (“wet field”). In 1904 a long and narrow elevation was examined, and found to be constructed of gravel and stone with some evidence of post holes. A clearer picture developed following recent geophysical investigations, which revealed that the construction was at least 145m long. It has been interpreted as the remains of a substantial road embankment or jetty, which led from a landing place on the river to an old road and the higher ground that was the focus of the assembly site. Here there was a large mound, known as Juthögen. Rituals surrounding royal inaugurations can be traced far back in time and often seem to have centered on mounds of this kind.

The project team will carry out detailed map studies, two small-scale archeological investigations, and archeological environmental analyses to enable a reconstruction of the earlier landscape. The first excavation will focus on “the pier”, i.e. the potential linear monument and he second one on the small “island” where the Juthögen mound was located.

Project Team Members: Prof Alex Sanmark (Institute for Northern Studies), Kristina Jonsson (Jamtli), Mathias Bäck (Arkeologerna) and Marta Lindeberg (Arkeologikonsult).

Funding by the Berit Wallenberg Foundation.

View of the fields at Mora

View of the fields at Mora, inauguration site for kings of Sweden. The building in the foreground contains a number of carved stones commemorating the medieval royal elections. (Photo Credit Prof Alex Sanmark)

The Norse and the Sea: The Maritime Cultural Landscape of Scandinavian Scotland content

The Norse and the Sea: The Maritime Cultural Landscape of Scandinavian Scotland

The Norse and the Sea: The Maritime Cultural Landscape of Scandinavian Scotland

This project will investigate the maritime cultural landscape in Scandinavian Scotland (c. AD 790-1350), through an interdisciplinary approach using archaeological, written and toponymic evidence and address the overarching questions of connectivity and communication in Norse Scotland. For more up to date information go to the main The Norse and The Sea project page.

Pictish Heritage Tourism content

Pictish Heritage Tourism

Pictish Heritage Tourism

This scoping study investigated the current Pictish heritage tourism offer in Scotland and identified opportunities for development of the offer. This was a collaborative project, produced jointly by Dr Alex Sanmark, Institute for Northern Studies and Dr Steven Timoney, Perth College, both University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). The Pictish Heritage Tourism - Scoping Study Final Report outlines the results of the research and the key findings, covering an appraisal of the existing offer, and identifying opportunities for new developments in the Pictish heritage tourism offer. It provides valuable data that will allow third sector organisations and SMEs to identify opportunities to develop new products and tourism offers that incorporate Pictish heritage for a variety of audiences.

The research was supported by a grant from the UHI Tourism Sector Group Challenge Fund.

Viking and Norse Heritage Tourism in Scotland content

Viking and Norse Heritage Tourism in Scotland

Viking and Norse Heritage Tourism in Scotland

Dr Alex Sanmark, Institute for Northern Studies, and Dr Steven Timoney, Perth College, University of the Highlands and Islands, produced a scoping study investigating the current Viking and Norse heritage tourism offer in Scotland, and opportunities for new developments.

The Vikings continue to be popular across a range of media, and visiting heritage sites linked to the Vikings is increasingly popular. In Scotland, there are a number of Viking and Norse heritage sites presented to the public, primarily in the Northern and Western Isles, the traditional Norse territories. There are also major collections of Viking and Norse artefacts, most notably in the National Museums of Scotland.

With the growth in visitor numbers to Scotland, particularly in the Northern and Western Isles, heritage sites and visitor attractions are coming under increasing strain to cope with the demands and impacts of visitors. As tourism numbers increase, so the risks of long-term damage to many of the iconic heritage sites increases. The opportunities to develop new heritage provision in the Northern and Western Isles, which have encountered rapidly increasing visitor numbers in recent years, provides opportunities to reduce impact and load at honeypot sites by diversifying the offer, and providing the potential to take visitors away from pressure sites. This research has identified potential opportunities to develop new visitor offers linked to the Vikings and Norse in Scotland, which would help to alleviate these pressures. The final output was the Viking and Norse Heritage Tourism scoping study.

Sustainable tourism in the South Pacific content

Sustainable tourism in the South Pacific

Sustainable tourism in the South Pacific

Co-Investigators: Prof. Donna Heddle and Dr Alexandra Sanmark.

Funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund

From Papay to Polynesia: a study of tourism in small islands

This project focuses on sustainable tourism in the island nation of Vanuatu in Melanesia. Vanuatu is a small developing country, which despite some economic difficulties, has managed to put in place a strategy which has resulted in an emerging, if not yet fully robust, tourism industry. The aim of our research project was to evaluate the Vanuatu tourism industry, in particular to examine the methods by which they have achieved its current level of tourism offer, and see what improvements could be suggested. As a result of this, the Institute is currently developing a training programme for Vanuatu tourist guides, to be validated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority in conjunction with the Vanuatu Qualifications Authority. This programme has been developed with the input of all our correspondents. The aim is to upskill a workforce with an internationally recognised qualification of a high standard which would improve the cultural product on offer and attract more high end tourists. It would also improve the career economic prospects of this workforce as all tourism stakeholders would have to use this qualification as a benchmark. Furthermore, the programme could be accessed by business owners, craftspeople, and others working in the industry who wish to learn how to promote their products and enhance the tourism experience on the islands. Read more in Alex's Vanuatu blog.

Archipelago of Adventure: Creating an International Tourist Guiding Qualification for Vanuatu and beyond

The Institute has continued its work in Vanuatu through a further grant from the Global Challenges Research Fund. The most significant issue identified by our previous research was the necessity of creating an internationally recognised tourism qualification, recognised as a prime need by all stakeholders as tourism development could not really take place without it. The Institute is now developing a training programme for Vanuatu tourist guides with the Scottish Qualifications Authority, the Vanuatu Qualifications Authority, and the University of the South Pacific. It will be rolled out further across the South Pacific nations. This development will improve the career and economic prospects of this workforce, particularly women, and the service and cultural product on offer, resulting in the attraction and retention of high end tourists. INS staff are particularly proud that their research will be improving lives in a very real and immediate way.

Read more in Alex's Vanuatu blog 2020 v2

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Waterways in the West Mainland of Orkney: A Pilot Study content

Waterways in the West Mainland of Orkney: A Pilot Study

Waterways in the West Mainland of Orkney: A Pilot Study

Funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant. Principal Investigator: Dr Alex Sanmark. Co-Investigators: Prof. Barbara Crawford and Dr Richard Bates.

This project examines the potential existence of a line of navigable waterways running through the West Mainland of Orkney in the Viking Age and Late Norse Period (c. 790-1350). This idea has been raised in recent research by Barbara Crawford and Alexandra Sanmark, highlighting an important gap in our knowledge of the past landscape of Orkney. The West Mainland was a key area for the Norse Earls who ruled Orkney, in terms of fertile land, and here many of their seats of power were located. In medieval Scandinavia, such estates were commonly situated in strategic locations for communication, i.e. by important land and water routes. These same characteristics are found for the Earldom estates across Orkney, apart from the West Mainland. There is, however, a striking body of evidence suggesting that it would have been possible to travel to the West Mainland Earldom estates via now vanished inland waterways. This theory will be tested though sampling and study of sediments in the relevant areas. If the waterways can be shown to have existed, the map of Norse Orkney will have to be redrawn and the potential research impact of this project is therefore very large.

Download the final report and read the article The Norse Waterways of West Mainland, Orkney, Scotland.

Focus on the assembly site of Anundshög in Sweden content

Focus on the assembly site of Anundshög in Sweden

Focus on the assembly site of Anundshög in Sweden

Archaeological fieldwork. Various funders. Investigators: Dr Alexandra Sanmark with colleagues in Sweden.

This project builds on Alex Sanmark’s previous research and archaeological fieldwork of the assembly site of Anundshög (Västmanland, Sweden). Anundshög, one of the most significant assembly (thing) sites of medieval Sweden, has a very strong archaeological profile, with roots in the Early Iron Age. Our excavations revealed a 200-metre-long wooden monument, with dates from the Roman Iron Age to the late medieval period, most likely erected to enclose the sacred legal space. This was the first monument of this type to have been found in Sweden. Since then a similar monument, although on a bigger scale, has been discovered at the major cult and assembly site of Gamla Uppsala and gained world-wide interest. As part of earlier fieldwork, we carried out a geophysical survey of the whole site, which showed the presence of other significant remains. The excavations have also revealed the remains of a 14th-century 'thing' cottage. This is the first confirmed example in Sweden of a building erected on a medieval assembly sites with prehistoric roots.



2016 - Scots and Nynorsk as cultural movements content

2016 - Scots and Nynorsk as cultural movements

2016 - Scots and Nynorsk as cultural movements

Scotland is currently going through some exciting sociolinguistic transformations. Not only is the Gaelic community undergoing changes, with 'new speakers' overtaking the number of 'heritage speakers' of the language, but there are rapid developments regarding Scots as well. New initiatives for revitalising Scots are coming both from above and from the grassroots: Education Scotland is bringing Scots to schools through 4 Scots Language Co-ordinators. A Scots 'Scriever' has been appointed to produce texts in Scots. In newspapers and online fora, Scots is becoming popular. Politically and in terms of language planning, this situation resembles that of Norway in the 19th century, where the Nynorsk movement emerged as a break away from the political and linguistic dominance of Denmark. The proposed project utilised the fact that there is a nation, Norway, with a comparable population and a similar linguistic and formerly also political relationship with a neighbouring country, to which current developments in Scotland can be compared a century later. What can Scotland learn from Norway?

2015 - Orkney & Shetland Community Digital Heritage content

2015 - Orkney & Shetland Community Digital Heritage

2015 - Orkney & Shetland Community Digital Heritage

Contact: (Orkney) Dr Alexandra Sanmark, (Shetland) Dr Andrew Jennings

Funded by Digital Scotland, The Orkney & Shetland Community Digital Heritage Project invited people in Orkney and Shetland to get involved in capturing their memories, stories and special places using simple technology. Community members to captured and shared memories and stories of place-names, people, and places in both Orkney and Shetland, though using mobile phone and tablet technology with the app Fieldtrip GB. The app let participants take photos, write memories down, or record spoken narratives, all tied to an interactive map via the device's GPS.

The Assembly Project (TAP) - Meeting-places in Northern Europe AD 400-1500 content

The Assembly Project (TAP) - Meeting-places in Northern Europe AD 400-1500

The Assembly Project (TAP) - Meeting-places in Northern Europe AD 400-1500 // Contact : Dr Alexandra Sanmark

This is an international collaborative project investigating the first systems of governance in Northern Europe. The first systems of governance in Europe have long been a neglected research theme, with the significance of these places in the medieval world highlighted only in recent publications. TAP will build on previous research and offer a new, innovative, and large scale study of thing sites in the context of the transition from localised polities to large-scale kingdoms and nation states. TAP was officially launched in June 2010 and ran until 2013, with regular project workshops held in Austria, Scandinavia, Orkney and the UK.

Main research question: What was the role of assemblies (things) in the creation, consolidation and maintenance of collective identities, emergent polities and kingdoms in early medieval Northern European populations and communities?

The project contributes an entirely new combined data set for the study of early governance and administrative organisation in the societies of North West Europe. It will achieve a range of objectives including:

  • the establishment of a relative chronology of assembly sites
  • new knowledge on the role of assemblies in processes of territorialisation.
  • a study of how law and collective norms and values were established and
  • enforced onto colonised/conquered areas.
  • a study of gender perspective concerning power relations and assembly access
  • a historiography of assemblies and their relevance to the concepts of national
  • identity and statehood

The Assembly Project team, which consist of colleagues from the Universities of Oslo, Vienna, Durham and the University of the Highlands and Islands is financially supported by the HERA Joint Research Programme which is co-funded by AHRC, AKA, DASTI, ETF, FNR, FWF, HAZU, IRCHSS, MHEST, NWO, RANNIS, RCN, VR and The European Community FP7 2007-2013, under the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities programme.

Dr Alexandra Sanmark

2013 - The Orkney Viking Heritage Project content

2013 - The Orkney Viking Heritage Project

2013 - The Orkney Viking Heritage Project // Contact : Professor Donna Heddle

The Orkney Viking Heritage Project is a training programme for PhD students and early career researchers in the field of Old Norse-Icelandic and Viking Studies (ONIVS), which aims to extend academic research about the Viking diaspora and its tangible and non-tangible heritage in the British Isles. It consists of workshops, a field school in Orkney and an exhibition. The theme of Midlands Viking Symposium is linked to the Project.

The project is a collaborative initiative led by the following institutions: The Faculty of English, University of Oxford, The Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge, The School of English, University of Nottingham, The Institute for Northern Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands.

It is funded by a Collaborative Skills Development Grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

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The Hjaltland Research Network

The Hjaltland Research Network  Contact : Dr Andrew Jennings

The Hjaltland Network received £17,000 from the Royal Society of Edinburgh to bring together national and international scholars of folklore, onomastics, genetics, isotope research, archaeology and history for a large-scale research project entitled Mapping Viking Age Shetland. The project, through the digitising and mapping of the datasets of each discipline, answered many of the unresolved questions about Shetland’s Viking Age, such as:

  • what happened to the pre-Viking population
  • the date of Viking settlements
  • the origins of the Norse settlers and the anomaly of the divergent origins of the male and female lines
  • the nature of Shetland’s connections to the Celtic world
  • the intensity of settlement and the extent and duration of Norse pagan beliefs and folk traditions.

Mapping Viking Age Shetland was a truly interdisciplinary approach to Viking-Age research, applying the latest technological advances and innovative new research in the various scientific and technological fields, allowing analysis of additional information from existing sources and uncovered new onomastic, genetic and isotopic evidence.

2012 - The Orkney and Shetland Dialect Corpus Project: scoping study. content

2012 - The Orkney and Shetland Dialect Corpus Project: scoping study.

2012 - The Orkney and Shetland Dialect Corpus Project: scoping study.

This project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), evaluated the feasibility and planned the development of a corpus of Orkney and Shetland dialect texts for use in linguistic research. The main objective of the research was to undertake a scoping study and research review with a view to developing a larger corpus-based project on Orkney and Shetland dialect grammar. The project identified available sources of dialect text and considered how these could be developed into a digitally searchable corpus resource. As part of the Connected Communities programme, it also engaged the local communities in Orkney and Shetland through various events such as a presentation for Shetland ForWirds, a dialect day as part of Orkney International Science Festival, and an evening class in Orkney dialect for beginners. Associated publications: "The Establishment of the Scots Language in Orkney", by Ragnhild Ljosland, in New Orkney Antiquarian Journal vol.6, and "Grammatical Gender in Orkney and Shetland Dialect", to appear in Scottish Language. The project also led to the foundation of The Orkney and Shetland Dialect Research Network.

2012 - 'Nordic Regions of Culture: intercultural links between Norway and Scotland in the eighteenth century' content

2012 - 'Nordic Regions of Culture: intercultural links between Norway and Scotland in the eighteenth century'

2012 - 'Nordic Regions of Culture: intercultural links between Norway and Scotland in the eighteenth century'

Research mobility project funded through the Norwegian Research Council for 5-month residency at Høgskulen I Volda/Volda University College The project evidenced the relationship between the cultural heritage of coastal communities across the North Sea through general historiographical and socio-cultural analysis, but also using case studies from seventeenth and eighteenth century coastal histories and cultures.

2011 - A Knowledge Exchange project: Small Boats of Shetland content

2011 - A Knowledge Exchange project: Small Boats of Shetland

2011 - A Knowledge Exchange project: Small Boats of Shetland

Author: Alison Munro

Funded through the Scottish Funding Council's "Innovation Voucher" scheme, this publication made recent research findings about the traditional Shetland boat available in an accessible format for the public. The book interprets an important part of Shetland's cultural heritage and generates profits for the Unst Boat Haven (Unst Heritage Trust), a cultural heritage charity.