Garths Croft owner Chris Dyer was born in Hitchin, England. He studied History and Archaeology and graduated with First Class Honours and a Masters with Distinction in Historical Research from the University of Hull. He is an accredited Associate member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (ACIfA).
A professional archaeologist, for over twenty years he has worked on a wide variety of heritage projects, initially as a fieldworker on multi-period archaeological excavations across the north of England before moving to Shetland in 2006 to take the position of Assistant Archaeologist for Shetland Amenity Trust. Since his move to Shetland, he has been involved in public heritage and the promotion, curation and interpretation of Iron Age, Viking and twentieth century military sites of historical interest – delivering walks, talks and related content the length and breadth of the islands!
Whilst studying and working in England, he began voluntary work with a farm on the Yorkshire Wolds. In Shetland, he continued to acquire experience during the busy lambing and shearing seasons at farms in the island of Bressay.
In 2014, Chris and his family purchased Garths Croft Bressay and have since been able to put theory into practice, concentrating on native and heritage breeds, self-sufficiency, sustainable agriculture and most importantly welcoming visitors to their island home.