Scottish Fisheries Museum

Scottish Fisheries Museum
St Ayles, Harbourhead
Anstruther
Fife
KY10 3AB
Scotland

Website

www.scotfishmuseum.org

E-mail

general enquiries

enquiries@scotfishmuseum.org

Telephone

01333 310628

Fax

01333 310628

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a photograph showing the boat gallery of the Scottish Fisheries Museum
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The Scottish Fisheries Museum, housed in a range of historic buildings on Anstruther's harbour front, tells the story of Scotland's fishing industry, and the people who took part in it, from the earliest times to the present. We have a large area of displays, developed since 1969, and also host temporary exhibtions and events.

Our library and archive, containing much of interest to family historians and researchers into the industry, are open by appointment. We also run a busy tearoom and shop with outside seating in our courtyard in summer.

Venue Type:

Archive, Library, Museum, Industrial heritage site, Ship or maritime heritage site

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 10:00- 16:30, Sunday 12.00-16:30

Admission charges

Adult: £7.00

Concession: £6.00 (Seniors, Disabled & Student)

Child: Free (max 5 children up to 16yrs, accompanied by an adult)

Members: Free

Discounts

  • Museums Association
Getting there

By car: Anstruther is in the East Neuk of Fife, approximately 10 miles south of St Andrews (on the B9131) and 13 miles east of Leven (take the A915 towards Largo, and follow the main road (marked A917 and B942) through Colinsburgh to Anstruther).

By train: Our nearest railway station is Leuchars on the East Coast Main Line (with frequent bus links to St Andrews).

By bus: Our nearest bus stations are Leven and St Andrews. Anstruther is served by the buses X58, X60 and 95 (check with Stagecoach for timetables). Direct buses run between Edinburgh and Anstruther hourly throughout the day. There are regular buses from Glasgow, Dundee and Perth to St Andrews.

On foot: The Museum is situated on the Fife Coastal Path from Crail to Anstruther.

Additional info

Our library is open to the public by appointment only

Our collections date mainly from the 19th century onwards and contain items relating to the fishing industry (gear, equipment, boats - full-sized and models), the associated industries (boat-building, engineering, coopering, fish curing and trade) and domestic and working life (household items, costume, decorative and functional ceramics etc.)

We have a small collection of whaling items, and extensive archives (company and personal papers), photographs and art collections.

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Maritime, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • fifie
  • zulu
  • Frank Buckland
  • John McGhie
  • Kelvin
  • Bergius
  • Miller
  • herring
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
the drifter William Tennant on Naval service

Fishermen on the Front Line

  • 28 June — 26 October 2014 *on now

New exhibition: A Shared Experience: The impact of the First World War on Scotland’s fishing communities. To commemorate the start of the First World War we are exploring the effects that the war had on Scotland’s fishing communities, on land and on sea, at home and abroad.

The First World War had both personal and collective impacts on those involved, whether they were away fighting or at home. In this exhibition we explore the specific effects that the war had on those who made their living from the sea. Using objects from our collections and individual stories of those affected we paint a national picture of the war in Scotland’s coastal communities.

At the beginning of the war many fishermen entered the services and swapped the familiar hazards of life at sea for the dangers of the trenches or naval work. For those who stayed at home fishing became severely restricted. Fishermen were left with very small areas left to fish in and many boats were requisitioned for the Navy.

In addition to medals, service records and other items associated with the fighting, the exhibition includes more unusual items that point to the impacts felt on those left at home. One of the more notable objects on display is a commemorative tablecloth. As part of the war effort the Red Cross held a fundraiser to raise money to send gifts such as cigarettes to the men who served on the front. Everyone paid to have a name embroidered onto the tablecloth and the names of those who had been killed were embroidered in the middle.

We also look at the sometimes neglected area of the war at sea. Both fishermen and fishing boats were called upon to serve and many lost their lives while doing their duty to keep the sea lanes clear.
This is a topic that needs further research and we would particularly welcome any stories or memories that visitors would like to share with the museum.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Mon – Sat : 10 – 5.30, Sun : 12 – 5, last admissions 1 hour before closing.
Entry : included in museum admission, accompanied children FREE.

Website

http://www.scotfishmuseum.org

Getting there

By car: Anstruther is in the East Neuk of Fife, approximately 10 miles south of St Andrews (on the B9131) and 13 miles east of Leven (take the A915 towards Largo, and follow the main road (marked A917 and B942) through Colinsburgh to Anstruther).

By train: Our nearest railway station is Leuchars on the East Coast Main Line (with frequent bus links to St Andrews).

By bus: Our nearest bus stations are Leven and St Andrews. Anstruther is served by the buses X58, X60 and 95 (check with Stagecoach for timetables). Direct buses run between Edinburgh and Anstruther hourly throughout the day. There are regular buses from Glasgow, Dundee and Perth to St Andrews.

On foot: The Museum is situated on the Fife Coastal Path from Crail to Anstruther.

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