Basic Site Details

Name: Anderson Institute
Town, district or village: Lerwick
Island: Mainland
City or county: Shetland
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: The Lerwick School Board received at their last meeting a report, with relative sketch plans, from Mr Wilson, architect to the Edinburgh School Board, with reference to proposed enlargements of the present school accommodation in Lerwick. Some time ago Mr. Wilson visited Lerwick, and now submitted alternative plans. One of these provides for the erection of a new school on the site of the present central school, the whole buildings and teacher's house on which site would be demolished. The estimated cost is 4,300.

It was also proposed to erect an addition at the back of the Anderson Institute at a cost of 1,400 - in all, 5,700. The alternative plan provides for a smaller school on the central school site, and larger additions at the institute, the cost being the same. The meeting remitted the plans to a committee for report. [Building News 28 Jan 1898 p125]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Anderson High SchoolYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1School  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Lovers LoanYes 
Item 2 of 2TwagoesYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 318601861  
Item 2 of 31898  Enlargement
Item 3 of 31978 Alteration/conversionUpgrade of premises to provide classroom and library


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 7J & W SmithArchitectural practiceA18601861William Smith II responsible
Item 2 of 7William Smith IIArchitectA18601861 
Item 3 of 7Robert WilsonArchitect 1898 Enlargement
Item 4 of 7George Kidd BarrArchitectDLate 1950sBefore 1964Alterations -as County Architect
Item 5 of 7Zetland County Architect's DepartmentArchitectural practiceDLate 1950sBefore 1964Alterations - with Barr as County Architect
Item 6 of 7(Professor) Charles Calthorpe RobertsonArchitectB1978 Upgrade of premises to provide classroom and library
Item 7 of 7Steven Aldridge B1978 Upgrade of premises to provide classroom and library


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Finnie, Mike1990Shetland, An Illustrated Architectural Guide   
Item 2 of 3Gifford, John1992Highland and Islands (The Buildings of Scotland) Penguin Booksp489
Item 3 of 3Groome, Francis H Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (1882-85) Edinburgh, London & Glasgow: Thomas C Jack, Grange Publishing Works 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder13 July 1901LXXXI  

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Jim Sutherland, Redman & Sutherland, Architects, ScallowayInformation sent to Yvonne Hillyard Sent January 2013
Item 2 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register37264