Shetland Croft House Museum
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The simple thatched stone cottage is split into two ends; with sleeping quarters at one end and a kitchen at the other. The living area is joined under a single roof to a barn and a byre, so that the family occupied one end of the building and their livestock occupied the other. The family quarters are divided into two parts; the 'Ben end' with a sleeping area and the 'But end' with the kitchen and living area.
Everything within the cottage was made with material collected from the area, including even the kitchen appliances. Self-sufficiency was a necessary way of life for crofting families in this often harsh environment.
Behind the croft house is a conical kiln, while in front of the house is a restored mill building, also with a thatched roof.
The Croft House Museum offers modern visitors a glimpse into the harsh world of 19th-century crofeters in Shetland.
About Shetland Croft House Museum
Address: Boddam, Mainland, Shetland, Shetland, Scotland
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: On the A970, Lerwick to Jarlshof road
Website: Shetland Croft House Museum
Phone: 01950 460 557
OS: HU399 145
Photo Credit: Colin Smith, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement - 3.1 miles (Prehistoric Site)
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Mousa Broch - 6.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Scalloway Castle - 15.4 miles (Castle)
Clickimin Broch - 16.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Fort Charlotte - 17.4 miles (Historic Building)
Shetland Museum - 17.5 miles (Museum)
Bod of Gremista & Shetland Textile Museum - 18.2 miles (Museum)
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