Hastings Fishermen's Museum
Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, United Kingdom
www.visit1066country.com - 01424 461446
Hastings Fishermen's Museum Reviews
Tribute to Beach Fishing industry Apr 15, 2009
Walking East past the Stade we saw the fishing fleet sitting on the beach. Past the Lifeboat building we could see the tall black sheds where fishing nets are made. These net huts stand, oddly tall, in clusters at the end of the Stade and behind them lies the Fishermans Museum.
Outside the Museum building is a yard with several boats and other sizable objects on display. There is also a net hut open to show how these building are used to weave or repair the nets.
In the yard sit the two halves of the fishing boat "Sovereign" which sunk off the Stade. After being salvaged the stern was used as a hut by an inventive fisherman.
The main building is set up so you move clockwise around the outside of a fishing boat. The walls are loaded with artefacts of the local industry and items trawled from the sea.
In one corner is a display concerning the Winkle Club, which boasts honorary members such as Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth II.
Before we make our way onto the boat itself we head into the video alcove. Here a looped video tells the story of a returning boat that struggles to land safely on the beach in heavy swells. The video of the rescue has you on the edge of your seat. It seems putting in and out from the beach can be a dangerous thing for a fishing boat.
Of course the museum, like any other, has a number of souvenirs for sale so the exit is past the booth manned by a friendly, helpful curator.
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