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Updated: Apr 25, 2019

Help us begin the Burra Noost Project!


A line of noosts at Bridge End, Burra. Photograph ©Moder Dy 2019.

Please help us raise the funds needed to enable Moder Dy to begin the innovative, exciting and community engaging Burra Noost Project! Noosts (boat shelters) are a reminder of a way of life that lasted for a 1000 years, that only finally disappeared a generation or so ago. Shetland is a sub arctic archipelago of some 100 islands. A small boat was an essential requirement, indeed the Norse phrase 'bound is the boatless man' is a very apt description of how important the boat was to daily Shetland life. Shetland society was seaward facing, and the sea was the road upon which everyone travelled.


The partially eroded archaeological remains of noosts on their own tell us little. However when these archaeological remains are placed into a social history context we can begin to build a picture of farming and fishing communities who used boats in a similar way to how we use cars today. To find out more please click this link Burra Noost Project


The total cost of this project is £26,000. This sounds like a lot of money, however in terms of research projects this actually represents very good value for money. Moder Dy is hoping to raise £6,000 through donations. We are also applying to the Lottery Heritage Fund who we hope will provide the larger proportion of this research funding. Moder Dy CIC is working in partnership with Burra History Group, Shetland Amenity Trust, Archaeology Shetland, and the SCAPE Trust (Scottish Coastal Archaeology and the Problem of Erosion).


So please help us to build this unique and extraordinary picture of a now forgotten way of life by donating whatever money you are able to spare. Shetland's population is 23,000 and if everyone donated just £1 that would almost be sufficient for us to run this project! We appreciate that not everyone will be able to donate, however, you can still help us by spreading the word of our project to your family and friends, and pointing them in the direction of our website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.


The more people we can have supporting this culturally important research the more chance we have of getting this project up and running. Please click the link to make a donation Donate


Thank you for supporting Moder Dy.


Marc & Esther. Photograph ©Moder Dy 2019.



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