Great Escape Project

The "Great Escape" and the "Shetland bus" - two sides of the coin that shaped the 1951 UN Convention on Refugees

The University of the Highlands has partnered with the Estonian War Museum to carry out a project to examine the the role played by the Shetland Islands, and islanders, during the Second World War and in particular the influx of refugees during 1940-42 from Norway on a flotilla of small boats.

As part of this strand of the wider project 6 events were organised which are detailed in the document Project events-en.docx

More details about the project can be found on the Estonian War Museum (EWM) website at: EWM research pages. There is also an ongoing exhibition at EWM drawning on all the information available on this subject, see a summary of the exhibition work on their exhibition webpages.

The project was funded with support of the European Union under the programme “Europe for Citizens”.


The International partners in this project are:

Estonian War Museum

University of the Highlands and Islands

The Baltic Initiative and Network

Estonian Heritage Society

UHI contact for this project is Andrew Jennings


Phone: 01595 771406