Scalloway Community Council identified the need to erect a memorial to those who took part in the Shetland Bus operations in World War II
Mrs Barbara Melkevik, widow of a Shetland Bus man, unveiled the Memorial on 21 June, 2003, attended by a large crowd.
Memorial is visited by Queen Sonia of Norway.
Ground breaking ceremony for the new museum project
Press Release for Ground-breaking Ceremony
May 17th Opening of the Scalloway Museum temporary exhibition
Scalloway Museum 2011 (Shetlopedia)
The Scalloway Museum’s high profile opening was covered both in the UK and in Norway.
The opening ceremony, on Norwegian National Day of May 17th, that Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg travelled across to perform the opening ceremony. Representatives of the UK government also attended, but the willingness of the Prime Minister to travel out of Norway for this event on the National Day marks the significance given to the museum and it’s Shetland Bus exhibit by Shetland’s Scandinavian neighbours.
Norwegian News Coverage
Dagbladet (TV news)
TV 2 (TV News)
Norway News (Online news)
Prime Minister’s Speech at Shetland Bus Memorial
UK News Coverage
STV (TV News)
The Shetland Times (Newspaper)
Shetland News (Online News)