Old Haa in Yell Open Day 4th June

25 May 2011

An open day will be held at the Old Haa in Yell on Saturday 4th June at 2.30pm to celebrate the launch of a new geoexhibit which includes a number of stone figures in the Old Haa garden and a geology display within the centre.   The exhibit was developed in partnership with Geopark Shetland and the launch event is being funded as part of the Scotland's Islands Programme.


The six garden figures are built in the style of Inuit Inuksuks, stone structures traditionally used by the Inuit to mark important places or aid navigation.   The figures are each made of a different type of rock from Yell to illustrate the varied geology of the island.   Most of Yell's rocks are part of the Moine Supergroup and are around 900 million years old.   The rocks used include mica schist, pegmatite, lewisian gneiss, blastomylonite, augen gneiss and quartzite.   Local stonemason Alan Smiles made each of the individual figures.


Following an idea from Mike McDonnell of the Old Haa Trust, the Burravoe School children and head teacher, Caroline Breyley, made miniature versions of these figures for display within the centre. They also recorded audio tracks about how each rock was formed, with assistance from sound engineer Dave Sinton, at the 'Magnetic North' recording studio. These elements of the exhibition accompany interpretive panels designed and produced by Shetland Amenity Trust, with advice from Jonathon Swale and Allen Fraser.


In addition to celebrating the Inuksuk stone figures and exhibition, the day will also celebrate the cultural and geological links between Yell and North America.

Inuit artefacts collected by Jenny Gilbertson will be on display. Jenny spent a year living with the Inuit while making a video diary which will be shown. Her daughter, Ann Black, has loaned the items belonging to her mother who was in her seventies when she made the film.


There will be musical entertainment from local school pupils, Ffancy Tunes, Shanty Yellmen and Brian Nicolson. The event is free and will include a buffet.


A young person's guide to local geology has been developed with support from Geopark Shetland's Geology Project Officer Robina Barton. Robina said 'It has been a real joy working on this project from start to finish. The enthusiasm shown by members of the Yell community, particularly Mike McDonnell and the staff and pupils of the Burravoe School, has been truly inspirational. I hope their work will serve to inspire others to appreciate the beauty and interest of Yell's rocks'. Funding was secured from Museums and Galleries Scotland for the booklet which features the Inuksuk figures and is available from the Old Haa.


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