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Up Helly AaRead MoreJanuary 26, 2019

This week it is Up Helly Aa in Shetland. Up the Guizer Jarl!

Autism and art - the prehistoric elementRead MoreJanuary 26, 2019

An ongoing collaborative study between an archaeologist and a medical researcher, both from the University of York, has posed an interesting view on prehistoric art.

Capturing the momentRead MoreJanuary 26, 2019


There is a painting in Dundee's McManus Museum and Art Gallery which is intriguing on many levels.

A familiar cloth in an odd placeRead MoreJanuary 19, 2019


When looking for Shetland tweed or items from the Festival of Britain, it is not necessarily towards the Museum of English Rural Life that one would gravitate.

Visiting HalifaxRead MoreJanuary 19, 2019

This January a roadtrip northwards to Forres in Scotland has been an eye-opener.

Shetland's tweeds - a new research projectRead MoreJanuary 19, 2019


Shetland's tweeds are a small part of the islands' history today but in the past these cloths were much more important.

A belated Happy New Year!Read MoreJanuary 19, 2019

A very happy 2019 to all our readers out in blogland.

A Christmas BreakRead MoreDecember 22, 2018

It is time to have a short break from the blog.

Anni AlbersRead MoreDecember 22, 2018


As you will know, there is an exhibition of Anni Albers' textiles, drawings and concepts at Tate Modern.

The Botanic Gardens of WalesRead MoreDecember 22, 2018


This year we are in Wales for the festive season and paid a visit to the Botanic Gardens of Wales, just outside Swansea.