When Covid-19 lockdowns prevented in-person film screenings, Shetland Film Archive premiered a collection of newly digitised films showcasing Shetland life in the 1950s and 60s in a free, online live stream event. "Shetland On Film" presented archive clips alongside specially recorded introductions from Shetland heritage experts Laurie Goodlad and Linda Nicholson, and the families who donated the original material. A soundtrack was also added to elevate the screening experience.

This format allowed the archive to share newly acquired and digitised material with the people of Shetland and beyond. Material included shots of Scalloway's open-air swimming pool (sadly no more), The Queen and Prince Philip visiting Shetland in 1960; and an in-depth look at the 1950s herring boom in full swing!

After the live premiere the films were available online for a two week catch up period; and also shared with local schools and care homes. An in-person screening of the broadcast was also organised for a social group for older people on the island of Yell.

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