Domestic Life Collection

One of the most significant items in the domestic collection is a tub chair, with a solid wooden back and sides, made with recycled tongue and groove boarding.  Such chairs can be linked back to the Viking era, and this piece is an indicator of the shared Viking culture of the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.

Utensils and tools made from ephemeral materials such as heather, straw and marram grass were once common in these almost treeless islands and few examples have survived. There are more examples of objects from domestic life in the Archaeology Collection.

Below are samples from our domestic collection.

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