Shetland Tweed Research
The first part of the Tweed Research Project started in August 2016 and finished on 31st March 2017. It was funded by GlobalYell and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The second stage of the work will look in more depth at the tweed industry of Shetland.
Below is the information that the team, Alicja Tyburska, Kirsty Brabin, Hannah Eynon and Andy Ross found out, along audio files, photographs and text relating to the project.
More information is always being sought. Please email if you know anything about the tweeds of the isles.
Names of interviewees
Names of weavers we heard stories about.
James ‘Rasmie’ Johnson - Unst
Willie Sutherland – Unst
James Johnson - Angus Johnsons’s father and grandfather.
Tom Hughson - Unst
Sam Poleson - Unst
Names to investigate.
Andrew Stewart – Mary Kenney contact.
Laureen Johnson – expert on Aides O Voe
Malcolm Morrison – Levenwick
Ali Colvin – (new)
Walter Johnson – (speak to wife)
Davy Cooper’s father @ Amenity Trust
Lorraine Halcrow’s Father – Tom
James Sandison - Channerwick
Pictures from the interviews
Unkans 34 - Shetland Tweed article on back page. Published by Shetland Museum and Archives.
The Press and Journal 1950 - article about John Pearson, handweaver from Lerwick, in Piccadilly, London.
Tom Hughson blankets