Bod of Gremista & Shetland Textile Museum
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: The only restored bod in Shetland
The BodA bod, or booth, is a dwelling used by fishermen to live and to store gear while fishing nearby. The Bod of Gemista was built in the 1780s and stands 3 storeys high. It is a listed building and a lovely example of a traditional Shetland dwelling. It is the only Bod in Shetland to be restored to its original state and provides a unique opportunity to experience this type of traditional building.
The entrance was through a door in the gable end leading to a salt store, used for curing fish. Also on the ground floor was the kitchen area, now the museum's reception area, and a food preparation area, which now holds the Weaving Room with a working loom. On the second floor, the Anderson family had their living area. This is now used as the museum's exhibition and Design Room, while the upper floor is used by the museum as administration offices and archive storage.
The Textile MuseumShetland is famous for its fair isle knitting patterns, but also had a thriving knitted lace cottage industry in the 19th century. Arthur Anderson presented Queen Victoria with some knitted lace stockings -- suddenly everyone wanted a pair of lace stockings from Shetland. Other knitted lace items produced were bed jackets and christening shawls. The shawls were made of wool so fine they could be passed through a wedding ring.
The museum holds a permanent collection of traditional knitting patterns and about 700 historic and contemporary knitted and woven garments and other artefacts.There is a changing programme of temporary exhibits. Past exhibits include a look at the traditional knitted gensey, worn by British fishermen from the 19th century or earlier. Another exhibit traced how World War One changed Shetland's hand-knitting industry, and yet another explored the relationship between Shetland knitters and the Royal family.
There is also a shop, featuring local, hand spun organic wool as well as fair isle sweaters, knitted lace, buttons, woodwork and other items, all one-of-a-kind items crafted locally. This is a community museum, run entirely by volunteers.
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About Bod of Gremista & Shetland Textile Museum
Address: Bod of Gremista, Lerwick, Mainland, Shetland, Shetland, Scotland, ZE1 0PX
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: On the northern outskirts of Lerwick
Website: Bod of Gremista & Shetland Textile Museum
Photo Credit: Colin Smith, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Shetland Museum - 1 miles (Museum)
Fort Charlotte - 1.2 miles (Historic Building)
Clickimin Broch - 1.4 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Scalloway Castle - 4.4 miles (Castle)
Stanydale Temple - 11.9 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Mousa Broch - 12.1 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Shetland Croft House Museum - 18.2 miles (Museum)
Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement - 21.2 miles (Prehistoric Site)
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