Broch to open again

Old Scatness Broch and Iron Age Village is to re-open on Sunday with a brand new programme of events for visitors throughout the summer.

There will be performances from the Polish company Walhalla Vikings, making their first trip to Shetland, as well as a visit from the well-known duo Keith Prosser and Tony Sherratt of Timezone.

Craftspeople from throughout Shetland will be at the site, creating new opportunities for visitors to get involved, and there will also be a chance to take part in a Viking feast.

A number of Shetland crafts­people will be joining the Old Scatness team this summer, providing more fun activities for visitors.

Terry Atkinson of Tingwall Woodcraft will be there for a week in May, turning the lathe and demonstrating how Iron Age people would have made wooden items.

For a week each month, Barbara Dinnage will be showing visitors how to make pots and giving them the chance to make their own and see if their pot can survive firing in the Iron Age kiln.

Hnoss Jewellery will be a regular attraction at the site, making Viking style copper and silver jewellery. Other crafts on display will be soapstone working and Viking and Iron Age textile production. Timetables for activities are available at the site.

During the Johnsmas Foy celebrations Old Scatness will be hosting the Walhalla Vikings. A leading historical re-enactment company, this will be their first visit to Shetland and they promise to provide lively shows and a few theatrical surprises. They will be on site from 18th to 21st June and a full programme of events will be available at Old Scatness, published in the The Shetland Times and on the Johnsmas Foy website.

Keith Prosser and Tony Sherratt will be taking a break from their activities in the Viking Unst Project to visit Old Scatness for a weekend in August, providing further drama for visitors to the site.

The Old Scatness team are hosting a Viking feast on Friday 19th June in Dunrossness Central Hall. Along with the Viking food and frivolities, the Walhalla Vikings and a Viking music group will be providing entertainment.

Old Scatness will be open until the end of September, Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 5pm.


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