George Waterston Memorial Centre

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Museum or gallery in Shetland Islands

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George Waterston (1911–1980), OBE, the former Scottish Director of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, was a much-loved figure who had a massive and positive influence on Fair Isle. He bought the island after World War Two and co-founded the Bird Observatory in 1948, giving the isle’s economy a much-needed boost. In 1955 the National Trust for Scotland succeeded him as landlord and helped islanders to stem emigration and revitalise the community. Dr Waterston’s memorial is a fascinating museum in the former Fair Isle School, packed with displays of the island’s history from prehistoric times to the present. The oil paintings are not on display.

Auld Skoll, Fair Isle, Shetland Islands ZE2 9JU Scotland

01595 760244

The Centre is open Monday 2pm–4pm, Wednesday 10.30am–12pm and Friday 2pm–4pm. Entry is free.