Harper family and friends at Scatness

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Donald Robertson ploughing at Scatness

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Opening Dates for 2015

This is advance notice of our opening dates for next season.

The Mill will open daily from 13 April and close on 11 October 2015 – opening hours remaining as at present.  Extended opening can be arranged by appointment between 01 April and 31 October 2015.

We hope this will give you plenty of time to plan for your visit(s) next year.

Quendale Water Mill retains 3 Star Visitor Attraction Award

The South Mainland Community History Group is delighted to announce that the Quendale Mill has again retained its 3 Star Visitor Attraction Award following the 2-yearly inspection by VisitScotland on 15 May 2014.

The award places the Mill at the top end of the category and members will continue to strive to maintain this very high standard.

Included in the Report and Feedback from the Inspector is the following confirmation that:
“Quendale Water Mill maintains the standards of previous years and offers a very good visitor experience”.
“The website is informative and does provide an excellent introduction to the Quendale Water Mill
and all it has to offer the visitor”.

New for 2014

Camera Display

There will be an interesting display of several of Geordie Jacobson’s private collection of cameras at the Mill during the coming season – don’t miss it!  These will include Brownie 127; Canon AE-1; Canon Power Shot S40; Klito (Junior Folding); Olympus Trip 35; Polaroid; Praktica Super TL; Yashica; Zorki-4K – and several more besides.  To further enhance the collection there will also be an interesting selection of photos taken with some of these cameras, along with various accessories.

Camera Display photo

Guess who?

Virkie School Photos – Update

The History Group is currently collating information on Virkie Public School and would appreciate any information, anecdotes, photographs (with names where possible) that you would be willing to share with us.  So far we have photos and names for the following school years:
1910 (unnamed); 1929; 1933; 1935; 1943; 1948; 1950 (need a better photo); 1951 (2 classes); 1958 (missing a name); 1960 (missing 3 names); 1964; 1966 & 1968.
Can you help?  All photos are scanned and returned promptly to their owners.
Email us or contact Joyce Henderson – tel. no. 01950 46055001950 460550.

 

National Mills Weekend 2014

The Quendale Mill is once again participating in National Mills Weekend, which will take place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May 2014.  This is organised through the auspices of SPAB – the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, please see their website at the following link for further information:
https://www.spab.org.uk/spab-mills/

National Mills Weekend is the annual festival of our milling heritage and provides you with a fantastic opportunity to visit mills, many of which are not usually open to the public. This year they are celebrating Mills in Art, and they want to see your artworks! To enter their competition, all you need to do is to send them your windmill or watermill inspired artwork, in any medium, by 31 May 2014.
There are two categories: Adult, and Under 16. Winning entries will receive two years’ free individual membership of the SPAB Mills Section* (worth £70), or of the Young Millers for under-16s, and free copies of Martin Watts’s books on Windmills and Watermills published by Shire Books.  Further details and entry forms are available on their website at the following link:
http://www.nationalmillsweekend.co.uk/

Mills on the Air
As an added attraction Zetland Amateur Radio Club will also be setting up a Radio Station in the Mill on this same weekend.  Last year saw them contacting fellow enthusiasts from all over Europe, as well as in Mills in various locations throughout the UK.

Mills on the Air

A study of concentration

Peter Leybourne MM5PSL and Magnus Henry MM6MFA whilst on duty for Zetland Amateur Radio Club, contacting fellow enthusiasts during National Mills Weekend 2014 at the Quendale Mill.
Please see our post further down the page for information on last year’s event.

 

Winter Time

Quendale Mill in the snow

Quendale Mill in the snow

AGM – 07 November 2013

History Group Committee

SMCHG Committee Members

The Annual General Meeting of the South Mainland Community History Group took place in the Quendale Mill at 7.30pm on Thursday, 07 November 2013.

The meeting was open to the public and was of particular interest to those with an interest in the history of Dunrossness and its people.

The History Group is still looking for new members – do you think you can fit the bill?  Why not come and join us at one of our regular meetings, where we can share ideas and interests.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Quendale Mill is now open daily until 12 October 2014

Commissioned in 1867 and completed in 1868 for the Grierson family, owners of the Quendale Estate, the Quendale Water Mill is once again open to visitors.  Refurbished to match the exacting standards set by the original craftsmen, the Mill is a wonderful example of Shetland’s industrial heritage.

Situated in a quiet sheltered valley, the Mill now provides a first class facility as a visitor attraction.  Situated in Dunrossness in the South Mainland, the Over-Shot Water Mill and Dam provide a showcase for life on the Shetland Islands over the last one hundred years (and more).

quendale mill

Quendale Mill

 Local Area

The area surrounding Quendale Water Mill has marvellous scenery, thousands of years of history and great beauty for you to appreciate.  Only once you have visited the area will you truly understand the magic of the untouched beaches, mythical stories and undiscovered treasures that Shetland has managed to preserve for so long.  Check out our links page for more information on the many other attractions available in the South Mainland, as well as throughout Shetland.

quendale sands

Quendale Sands

Voluntary Organisation

The Quendale Water Mill is operated by the South Mainland Community History Group.  The History Group is a voluntary organisation and membership is unrestricted and available to all who are interested in preserving the history, culture and heritage of the Shetland Islands and, in particular, the South Mainland.  The History Group meets every Thursday evening at 7.30pm throughout the year and the meetings are open to all.

Mills on the Air Weekend 2013

The Quendale Mill successfully joined in on the Mills on the Air Weekend with 17 other Mills contacted during the weekend.  The S.P.A.B. Mills section (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) run this event every year on or around the second weekend in May.  For further information see the following website link:

http://www.nationalmillsweekend.co.uk/index.htm

Lerwick Radio Club operated a Radio Station in the Mill for the weekend of 11th and 12th May 2013.  This was part of the Mills on the Air weekend in which radio amateurs try to contact as many Mills as they can.  This also tied in with the Dutch National Windmill and Waterpump Station weekend which is the same type of event, so the two days had a Continental flavour.

The Radio Station at Quendale was in the Drying Room and visitors to the Mill were welcomed to see what it was all about and listened to the calls coming in from all over the UK and several different European countries (217 contacts were made over the weekend). They were able to chat with the operators who loved answering their questions and helped to make it all a very worthwhile event.

Lerwick Radio Club at the Mill

Lerwick Radio Club in action at the Mill

Link to Lerwick Radio Club web pages:

http://www.radioclubs.net/gm3zet/


Quendale Water Mill retains 3 Star Visitor Attraction Award

The South Mainland Community History Group is pleased to announce that the Quendale Mill retained its 3 Star Visitor Attraction Award following the 2-yearly inspection by VisitScotland on 27 August 2012.

The award places the Mill at the very top of the category and members will continue to strive to maintain and improve on this very high standard.

Welcome to the Quendale Mill website

We hope you will enjoy your tour around the website, which is just a taster for what you will find during your visit to the Mill.

We intend to update the website on a regular basis so that there will be something different (new or old) to view and make your return visit worthwhile.