Pier House Museum

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The Pier House Museum is a museum in Symbister, Whalsay, in the Shetland Islands of Scotland. The museum is located in the old Pier House, which was once the centre for trade with the Germans and the export of dried and salted fish to the Hanseatic League, an alliance of trading guilds that established and maintained a trade monopoly over much of Northern Europe between the 13th and 17th centuries.[1] The Germans brought their goods, iron tools, seeds, salt and cloth to barter for dried and salted fish from the island.[1] The old Hanseatic house which had been used by the Germans for several centuries until 1707, was refurbished for the museum, housing artifacts which date from the earlier trading period and providing an important insight into the economy of the Shetlands at the time.[1][2] Architecturally it is described as "two-storeyed with crowstepped gables, and an external stone staircase."[3] The house and port nearby are categorized officially as a category B Listed Building.


  1. ^ a b c Julian Holland (1 January 2009). Exploring the Islands of Scotland: The Ultimate Practical Guide. frances lincoln ltd. pp. 49–. ISBN 978-0-7112-2758-3. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  2. ^ Smith, Roger; Woolnough, Kristina (1992). Highlands and islands. W & R Chambers. p. 55. ISBN 978-0-550-22100-1. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  3. ^ Owen, Olwyn; Lowe, Christopher (1999). Kebister: The Four-thousand-year-old Story of One Shetland Township. Society Antiquaries Scotland. p. 300. ISBN 978-0-903903-14-1. Retrieved 5 February 2013.

Coordinates: 60°20′31″N 1°01′30″W / 60.34206°N 1.02508°W / 60.34206; -1.02508