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Newhaven Community Choir Concert

Newhaven Community Choir Concert

19 May 2024 13:45 - 19 May 2024 16:00

Hear the Newhaven Community Choir at the Museum!

We are delighted to be welcoming the Newhaven Community Choir to the Museum for two special performances in our Zulu Gallery. Inspired by our current exhibition 100 Species the Choir will perform a short concert from our Zulu beach. The choir is a community that sings together ‘connecting people and place through the joy of song’.

The Choir was founded in Spring 2014 with funds raised by Duncan Bremner of Citizen Curator. His inspiration was to re-start a choir in Newhaven which was once known for both the singing of both the Newhaven Fishwives Choir and the Fisher Lassies. The choir was started under Jed Milroy’s musical direction and travelled around several locations in Newhaven, combining song, art and spectacle. Newhaven Community Choir is a friendly and informal group and welcome anyone who would like to sing with them. The choir has performed at various events and venues including The National Portrait Gallery, Newhaven Gala Day, and Anstruther’s Dreel Halls.

Sunday 19th May at 1.45pm and 3.15pm

Free Event

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

Storytime with Kipper the Cat

Storytime with Kipper the Cat

06 May 2024 14:00 - 05 August 2024 14:30

Free Storytelling Session

Join our friendly cat Kipper for some stories and songs with a salty twist on Monday afternoons. Enjoy a story or two and sing some songs at these free early years events.

2.00pm - 2.30pm Monday 6th May, 27th May, 10th June, 24th June, 8th July, 22nd July, 5th August

Free event - ask at Reception for directions

Beginners Gaelic Class

Beginners Gaelic Class

03 May 2024 13:00 - 07 June 2024 14:30

A fun, friendly introduction to Gaelic learning

Join Kirsty Strachan for this FREE 6 weeks Gaelic beginners class at the Scottish Fisheries Museum. This class will be ideal for those who have been studying on Duolingo or are brand new to the language and want to dip their toe into the water before moving to Community Use Classes. Spaces are limited so please email Kirsty.Strachan@fife.gov.uk to secure your place or call 03451 555 555 (Extension Number 460574).

Starts Friday 3rd May, 1.00pm - 2.30pm

Fàilte gu Gàidhlig//Welcome to Gaelic

Future Events

Summer Activities and Events

Summer Activities and Events

01 June 2024 10:00 - 18 August 2024 16:00

Summer Activities and Events

Have some fun at the Museum this summer at our weekly activities and events. Events vary from crafts, storytelling to a little bit of science. Our Art Cart will be in the Zulu Gallery all summer with crafts and games to enhance your visit.

Live locally? Why not join Kipper’s Summer Club and support the Museum while collecting stamps towards a special prize! Find out more here.

June - August 2024

Free with Museum Admission or £2.50 Event Only

Sea Creature Hand Applique Workshop

Sea Creature Hand Applique Workshop

07 June 2024 16:00 - 07 June 2024 17:30

Learn how to applique by hand at this workshop!

Hand applique is a hand sewing technique that is creative, fun, and can be a relaxing hobby. During this workshop, you will create your own applique design inspired by our current exhibition 100 Species, learn a new skill, and have some fun along the way. This workshop is suitable for anyone aged over 13 years old.

Refreshments will be provided and all materials will be supplied.

Friday 7th June 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Tickets £5 to cover material costs

BOOK HERE

Book online or contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org.

East Neuk Festival - Zulu

East Neuk Festival - Zulu

28 June 2024 17:00 - 28 June 2024 17:30

The East Neuk Festival is coming to the Museum!

In the dramatic setting of our Zulu Gallery, harpist and composer Esther Swift will create an atmospheric evocation of the story of the Zulu fishing fleets, once ubiquitous in East Scotland.

The Zulu was invented in 1879 (also the year of the Anglo-Zulu War, hence…) and swiftly became the vessel of choice for fishermen all around Scotland’s coasts. Its dominance was ended by World War I, and by the development of steam, then diesel powered boats. Many of these graceful craft were simply left to rot on the shores – some can still be found.

Esther Swift is creating a piece bringing together community and professional musicians to evoke the boats and the communities that depended on them, the storms they weathered and the lives they led at sea and on land.

Friday 28th June 5.00pm

Tickets £5. Book via the East Neuk Festival Website

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See the East Neuk Festival Website for more information.

Image Credit: East Neuk Festival
Kipper's Summer Club

Kipper's Summer Club

30 June 2024 10:00 - 18 August 2024 16:30

Join Kipper the Cat’s Summer Club at the Museum!

This summer we are launching ‘Kipper’s Summer Club’. Come to our summer activities and help support the Museum by joining the club for only £5 per child. You’ll receive your own Club Member Card to collect stamps for each activity you participate in. Collect enough stamps and get a special prize and a badge!

Benefits include:

  • Attend as many of our summer events as you like without paying Museum Admission
  • Discount on our ticketed summer workshops
  • ‘At Home’ activity packs to take away at some events

Read our Terms and Conditions here. Buy your Kipper Club Membership today from the Museum Shop.

Summer Club Activities run from Saturday 30th June till Sunday 18th August

£5 Membership Fee per child

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

This is optional. Families can still attend our events and activities without joining the club for a small charge per event but by joining you will be helping us cover the cost of materials and develop new activities.

Past Events

Museum Closed for Christmas and New Year

Museum Closed for Christmas and New Year

21 December 2023 10:00 - 02 January 2024 16:30

The Museum is closed from the 21st of December for Christmas and New Year.

Best wishes for the festive season from all at the Scottish Fisheries Museum!

We look forward to seeing you again on the 3rd of January 2024
Visit the Reaper

Visit the Reaper

30 July 2022 12:00 - 31 August 2022 16:00

Climb aboard our historic Fifie moored opposite the museum in Anstruther Harbour.

Our volunteer crew will guide you above and below decks to see the boat and onboard exhibition.

Open Wednesday - Sunday

12 pm - 4 pm

Entry by donation

Anstruther Harbour Festival

Anstruther Harbour Festival

03 June 2022 10:00 - 05 June 2022 21:30

Fèis Chala An t-sruthair

3rd - 5th of June 2022

We look forward to welcoming you to Anstruther Harbour for a fun filled weekend!

The festival will again revive the burgh’s historic market ‘Anster Fair’ with food and craft stalls from local traders. All ages are invited to enjoy a wide range of live music and dance events with special entertainment just for children.

Plus, see the inauguration of our Fisherlass and Lad at 11 am on Saturday.

Highlights

  • Skipinnish
  • King Creosote
  • Traditional music, dance and song
  • Street Performers
  • Craft and Food Market Stalls
  • Sailing Muster
  • Kids Activities
  • Pirate Olympics

For further details on the Festival Programme see the Harbour Festival website

Knit and Natter

Knit and Natter

25 November 2021 19:00 - 25 November 2021 20:00

Our informal, online get-together for all things woolly and wonderful!

Are you interested in knitting, ganseys and want to meet for a knit and a natter? Join us on Zoom for a friendly get together to share your knitting projects, ask questions and enjoy a gansey gaggle!

Make a cup of tea, pull up a chair and join us on the 25th of November at 7pm (GMT) and then on the last Thursday of the month to February (with a break over Christmas and New Year).

Contact jen@scotfishmuseum.org for more information and the Zoom details to join.

More information on knitting and fishing at https://scottishgansey.org.uk/. Knitters of all abilities welcome.

We look forward to seeing you!

East Sands Beach Clean Up

East Sands Beach Clean Up

20 November 2021 10:00 - 20 November 2021 13:00

Do your bit to fight back against pollution in our oceans.

As an introduction to next year’s exhibition ‘When it Rains, We Harvest/Cuando Llueve, Cosechamos: El Niño and Abundance in a Peruvian Fishing Community’ curated in collaboration with the University of St Andrews, Museum and Gallery students invite you to come along and help clean up East Sands beach!

Saturday 20th November, 10am - 1pm

Bin bags, gloves and (most importantly!) hot chocolate will be provided. There is no need to sign up or get tickets as this is a free, drop-in event.

Donations towards the collaborative exhibition (opening March 2022) would be appreciated.

Knit and Natter

Knit and Natter

27 January 2022 19:00 - 27 January 2022 20:00

Our informal, online get-together for all things woolly and wonderful!

Are you interested in knitting, ganseys and want to meet for a knit and a natter? Join us on Zoom for a friendly get together to share your knitting projects, ask questions and enjoy a gansey gaggle!

After the Christmas festivities it’s time to unwind so make a cup of tea, pull up a chair and join us on the 27th of January at 7pm (GMT).

Special Guests: We will be joined by Astrid Adams and Janice Snowball to talk to us about the Williams Gansey Project!

Contact jen@scotfishmuseum.org for more information and the Zoom details to join.

More information on knitting and fishing at https://scottishgansey.org.uk/. Knitters of all abilities welcome.

We look forward to seeing you!

Knit and Natter

Knit and Natter

24 February 2022 19:00 - 24 February 2022 20:00

Our informal, online get-together for all things woolly and wonderful!

Are you interested in knitting, ganseys and want to meet for a knit and a natter? Join us on Zoom for a friendly get together to share your knitting projects, ask questions and enjoy a gansey gaggle!

While its cold and dark outside, coorie in, pull up a chair and join us on the 24th of February at 7pm (GMT) for our last Knit and Natter of the winter.

Contact jen@scotfishmuseum.org for more information and the Zoom details to join.

More information on knitting and fishing at https://scottishgansey.org.uk/. Knitters of all abilities welcome.

We look forward to seeing you!

Museum Closed for Christmas and New Year

Museum Closed for Christmas and New Year

05 January 2022 10:00 - 05 January 2022 16:00

The Museum is closed from the 20th of December for Christmas and New Year.

We re-open on Wednesday the 5th of January and look forward to seeing you then.

Best wishes for the festive season from all at the Scottish Fisheries Museum!

Christmas Crafts at the Sun Tavern

Christmas Crafts at the Sun Tavern

11 December 2021 13:30 - 11 December 2021 15:30

The Festive Season is here!

Need a wee break from holiday planning?

To celebrate the opening of our Knitting the Herring exhibition, we’ll be hosting a woollen-themed crafts session in the Sun Tavern!

Have a go at making hanging ornaments, gansey patterned cards, or learn some simple finger knitting techniques (no needles required!).

For more information, please contact kathy@scotfishmuseum.org or visit our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1223110104865484

We can’t wait to see you there!

**New Dates** Book-making with Frances Law: A Hands-on Workshop

**New Dates** Book-making with Frances Law: A Hands-on Workshop

26 March 2022 10:00 - 26 March 2022 16:00

_Following the postponement of this event due to Storm Dudley, we’re happy to announce that this workshop has been rescheduled for the 26th of March in the Sun Tavern!

In this workshop, children will learn about composition, colour, texture, and design and how to make a book filled with sea creatures and marine life that can be taken away at the end of the session.

This event is part of “When it Rains, We Harvest/Cuando Llueve, Cosechamos”, a student exhibition by the University of St Andrews opening on 11th of March 2022!

This workshop is suitable for children aged 8-12. Children must be accompanied by adults.

Book a place via Eventbrite: https://buff.ly/3rA8Y9Z

After School Valentine's Crafts at the Sun Tavern!

After School Valentine's Crafts at the Sun Tavern!

08 February 2022 15:30 - 08 February 2022 16:30
After school drop-in event - no booking required!

Join us at the Scottish Fisheries Museum for our first crafts session of the year! With Valentine’s Day coming up, we’ll be taking inspiration from some traditional gansey patterns!

Come along, grab a free hot chocolate, and have a go at making:

Valentine’s Cards, Woven Bracelets, and Threaded Hearts

Check out our events page on Facebook: https://buff.ly/3giXsuF

We can’t wait to see you there!

This is a family event, so parents must accompany children at all times. Please visit the Visit Safely page on our website for information related to the museum and COVID-19: https://www.scotfishmuseum.org/visit-safely.php
If you have any questions about the event, please get in touch at kathy@scotfishmuseum.org
Guts Galore: Celebrating the Role of Women in Scotland's Fishing Trade
The Scottish Fisheries Museum is excited to present “Guts Galore: Celebrating the Role of Women in Scotland’s Fishing Trade” for Women’s History Month!

Join us on Wednesday, 9th March for an afternoon of talks from guest speakers in arts and academia, who’ll share their work on different aspects of the historic role of women in the Scottish fishing industry.

This conference will be held over Zoom so that anyone can attend. A Q&A will follow each presentation, with a further opportunity to ask more questions and develop discussion towards the end.

Register today via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/guts-galore-celebrating-the-role-of-women-in-scotlands-fishing-trade-tickets-251991622727

General admission is free, but we do ask that you consider supporting us by adding a donation. All proceeds will go towards paying our speakers!

BioBlitz!

BioBlitz!

04 April 2022 10:00 - 04 April 2022 14:00

No booking required! Please dress warmly!

We’ll be kicking off the Easter holidays with the return of BioBlitz!

Join us on the 4th of April and work with scientists from the Sediment Ecology Research Group (SERG) of the Scottish Oceans Institute to survey the tidal margins of the Dreel Burn. Come explore how ecosystems such as these are responding to climate change and how you can play your part in protecting them!

This event is running in partnership with the Anstruther Improvements Association and the University of St Andrews’ Sediment Ecology Research Group (SERG).
Part of the Loving Earth Project exhibition events programme (18.03.22 - 15.05.22).
Cupcake Cores Workshop

Cupcake Cores Workshop

13 April 2022 10:00 - 13 April 2022 13:00

Location: Sun Tavern | Time: 10 - 11am and 12 - 1pm

One of the many jobs of a geologist is to understand the make up of the rock layers below the Earth’s surface. In this interactive workshop, children will reimagine core sampling techniques to explore the layers in cupcakes (and eat them afterwards!).

Free, but spaces are limited - to view allergy information and book a place, click here: https://scottish-fisheries-museum.eventbrite.co.uk/

This workshop is suitable for children aged 6-10 years, and an ideal parent-child activity.

Parents and guardians must accompany children for the duration of the workshop.

This workshop is part of the engagement programme for the When It Rains, We Harvest/Cuando Llueve, Cosechamos exhibition, organised by students from the University of St Andrews. On display in the Scottish Fisheries Museum until the 19th of June.
Weave Your Waste!

Weave Your Waste!

30 April 2022 11:00 - 30 April 2022 15:30

Location: Education Centre | Time: 11am- 12:30pm and 2pm - 3:30pm

Be inspired by the Loving Earth Project panels in the Zulu Gallery and join us as we weave away our waste!

In this workshop we’ll learn how to weave together old plastic bags and found material to make some useful and new. Each participant will have a new skill and an upcycled coaster to take away at the end (all craft materials will be provided!).

Free, but spaces are limited - book your place via Eventbrite: https://scottish-fisheries-museum.eventbrite.co.uk/

This workshop is suitable for anyone aged 8+

Parents must accompany children for the duration of the workshop.

This workshop is part of the events programming for the Loving Earth Project, exhibiting in the Zulu Gallery from the 18th of March until the 15th of May.
Talk:

Join us for our first in-person talk of the year!

As part of our Snapshots of Memory exhibition in the Merchant’s Room, Kevin Dunion, Vice-Chair of the Museum and Chair of the Kilrenny and Anstruther Burgh Collection, will present: “Tracing everyday life in Anstruther and Cellardyke - what have we kept, what have we lost”.

The talk will last approximately 40 minutes, after which there will be refreshments with time for discussion and to view the exhibition.

Free, with donation for teas and coffees. Booking is preferred, but arrivals on the night are welcome! Reserve a ticket here: https://scottish-fisheries-museum.eventbrite.co.uk/

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Abstract:

Over the past 100 years most aspects of everyday life in our community - including work, leisure, education, religion and transport - have changed. But what memories have we kept and what evidence have we recorded to mark the transformation, whether gradual or sudden? Family photos and memoirs provide important insights into real life experience. Drawing on items and documents held by the Kilrenny and Anstruther Burgh Collection, Kevin Dunion shows how things we might overlook, such as school magazines and prizes, tourist postcards, advertising material for businesses and events are stepping stones to the past. In which case what should we collect about our recent life here in the East Neuk to pass on to future generations?

Kevin Dunion is Honorary Professor in the School of Social Sciences , University of Dundee. He is Vice-Chair of the Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust and Chair of the Kilrenny and Anstruther Burgh Collection.
Jumble Sale for Ukraine

Jumble Sale for Ukraine

16 April 2022 10:00 - 16 April 2022 14:00

The REAPER Crew at the Scottish Fisheries Museum are holding a Jumble Sale in aid of Ukraine.

Saturday 16th April, 10am - 2pm

Outside the Museum’s Boat Yard – just opposite the car park on the shore.

Lots of games, toys, kitchen & glassware with mirrors, art, jewels & trinkets. Come along for a rummage.

All proceeds to support Ukraine - we look forward to seeing you!

Loving Earth Arts Session

Loving Earth Arts Session

12 May 2022 15:30 - 12 May 2022 16:30

Drop-in event - No booking required

Join us for our next after school arts and crafts session in the Sun Tavern!

Inspired by the Loving Earth Project, we’ll be creating a giant, eco-themed frieze. Come along explore the environmental themes important to protecting marine life and let your creative juices flow!

All arts and crafts materials will be provided, as well as free hot chocolate, squash and biscuits! Donations are welcome to help top up our snacks fund!

This event is open to all children. Adults/guardians must accompany children to the event.

What's in Space?

What's in Space?

19 May 2022 15:30 - 19 May 2022 16:30

What’s in Space? And what does it do up there?

Join Astronomer Dr Anne-Marie Weijmans of the University of St Andrews in this interactive talk to look at planets, stars, satellites and all the other things that we can find in space. We’ll start with describing our favourite objects in space, and will then spend some time learning more about them. At the end of the session there will be time to ask all your space-related questions, and Anne-Marie will do her best to answer them all!

Pre-booking is not essential, however spaces may be limited - please contact us if you are interested in coming along to avoid disappointment.

This event is suitable for ages 8-12 and will be held in the Sun Tavern.

A Lagoon Feast: Fishing in the Sechura Desert

A Lagoon Feast: Fishing in the Sechura Desert

20 June 2022 18:00 - 20 June 2022 19:00
Doors open at 5:45PM
Free, but spaces are limited - book your place now!

Join us on Monday, 20th of June, where we’ll be joined by Professor Nina Laurie and Dr Tania Mendo from the University of St Andrews to explore fishing harvests and fishing communities in the Sechura Desert of Peru.

This exciting talk is part of the exhibition programming for “When It Rains, We Harvest/Cuando Llueve, Cosechamos”, exhibiting in the Scottish Fisheries Museum until the 20th of June. This exhibition and event are being organised by students from the Museum and Galleries Studies programme at the University of St Andrews. Following the talk, there will be an opportunity for a last chance viewing of the exhibition!

Further information and tickets are available through Eventbrite here!

Abstract:

“For millennia people living in the northern desert of Peru have taken advantage of the periodic but unpredictable rains known as the El Niño Phenomenon which come every few years to coastal Peru. Temporary lagoons provide abundant fishing opportunities at moments when catches from the sea cannot be relied upon. What lessons can this corner of Peru offer about how to make fishing communities more resilient in the context of climate change?”

Model Boats Club Exhibition - Anstruther Harbour Festival

Model Boats Club Exhibition - Anstruther Harbour Festival

03 June 2022 10:00 - 05 June 2022 16:00

The Model Boats Club will be hosting their annual exhibition as part of this year’s Anstruther Harbour Festival!

Take a look at the best of what the Club has been working on this year!

3rd-5th of June 2022

10am - 4pm every day in the Sun Tavern and Workshop

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please note that entry to these venues is external to the Museum.

Come Aboard the Reaper! - Anstruther Harbour Festival

Come Aboard the Reaper! - Anstruther Harbour Festival

03 June 2022 10:00 - 05 June 2022 16:00

Join the Boats Club members on our flagship Reaper!

Celebrate Anstruther Harbour Festival and the recent refit of the Reaper by coming aboard. Experience this important piece of Scottish fishing history up close!

3rd - 5th of June 2022

10am - 4pm every day opposite the Scottish Fisheries Museum main entrance.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Boats Club at the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, Portsoy

Boats Club at the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, Portsoy

17 June 2022 10:00 - 19 June 2022 16:00

Our Boats Club will be making an appearance at the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire.

17th - 19th June

Portsoy Harbour, all day

Be sure to say hello to the Club’s volunteers if you’re there, and get a closer look at our vessel White Wing.

Boats Club at the Cellardyke Sea Queen Festival

Boats Club at the Cellardyke Sea Queen Festival

25 June 2022 10:00 - 25 June 2022 17:00

Our Boats Club will be making an appearance at the Cellardyke Sea Queen Festival.

Saturday, 25th of June

Cellardyke Harbour, all day

Be sure to say hello to the Club’s volunteers if you’re there, and get a closer look at our vessel White Wing.

For more information about the history and tradition of the Cellardyke Sea Queen Festival, click here: https://www.cellardyketrust.org/cellardyke-sea-queen-festival/.

Model Boats Club meet up at Craigtoun Country Park

19 June 2022 10:00 - 19 June 2022 14:00

Ever been curious about model boats as a hobby?

Our Model Boats Club will be meeting at the sailing pond in Craigtoun Country Park in St Andrews from 10am this Sunday.

Come and see a selection of model Radio Controlled boats owned and operated by members, who are always happy to chat and give others a go!

Model Boats Club meet up at Craigtoun Country Park - Craigtoun Country Fayre

Ever been curious about model boats as a hobby?

Our Model Boats Club will be meeting at the sailing pond in Craigtoun Country Park in St Andrews from 10am.

Come and see a selection of model Radio Controlled boats owned and operated by members, who are always happy to chat and give others a go!

Salt Dough Sea Creatures Workshop

Salt Dough Sea Creatures Workshop

20 July 2022 11:00 - 20 July 2022 12:30

Join us for our first event of the summer holidays!

Inspired by the history of sea-salt making in the Forth being explored in our Positive Currents exhibition, we’ll be making our favourite (real or imaginary) sea creatures out of salt dough!

This workshop is £3 per child and suitable for ages 8+. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the workshop.

Reserve your ticket via Art Tickets here or contact us at the Museum! Spaces are limited, so book today - we can’t wait to see you there!

Life on Earth and Other Worlds

Life on Earth and Other Worlds

10 August 2022 11:00 - 10 August 2022 12:00

Why is Earth such a good place for life? How would that change if we lived on a planet with a different Sun, or without a moon?

Astronomer Anne-Marie Weijmans returns with another fun-filled workshop to explore what makes life possible on Earth and what life on other worlds could be like!

This workshop is free and suitable for children aged 8-12.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pre-booking for this event is not essential, however our Sun Tavern has limited space, so we encourage you to reserve a spot to avoid disappointment! Reserve your ticket via Art Tickets here or contact us at the Museum!

East Neuk Summer Family Learning Roadshow!

East Neuk Summer Family Learning Roadshow!

03 August 2022 14:00 - 03 August 2022 16:00

The East Neuk Family Learning Roadshow is back!

We’ve partnered with a hosted of other local charities to bring you a fun-filled afternoon of family learning activities!

Join us (for free!) at the Dreel Halls, Anstruther between 2-4PM on Wednesday, the 3rd of August.

Find us in the halls to craft your very own seabird glider and learn more about the incredible wildlife in the Firth of Forth. Part of our events programming for our Positive Currents exhibition.

SFM on the Road: Bowhouse August Market Weekend

SFM on the Road: Bowhouse August Market Weekend

13 August 2022 10:00 - 14 August 2022 16:00

Market Theme: Heritage

10am – 4pm, free entry

We’re delighted to have been invited to deliver activities at the hugely popular Bowhouse market weekend this August!

Inspired by our Positive Currents exhibition, we’ll be providing some hands on fun to explore the local shellfish. Do you know your clam from your cockle? And why should we love the “food of love”? Catch us at the market to find out!

Meet the Artist: Janette Kerr

Meet the Artist: Janette Kerr

06 August 2022 11:00 - 06 August 2022 12:00

Join us for the opportunity to meet artist Janette Kerr, whose installation, Confusing Shadow with Substance, is on show in the Zulu Gallery from 6th of August - 26th of September.

Come along to learn more about Janette’s project and her artistic process.

Admission is free, with donations for refreshments. Reserve your place on Art Tickets.

More information about the art project can be found on our website here.

Janette is also exhibiting at this year’s Pittenweem Arts Festival as an invited artist.

Boats Club at Johnshaven Fish Festival

Boats Club at Johnshaven Fish Festival

13 August 2022 10:00 - 13 August 2022 16:00

The Boats Club will be attending the Johnshaven Fish Festival, on the 13th of August!

Catch the White Wing sailing out of Anstruther harbour on Friday, the 12th and over the weekend in Johnshaven. This is a fabulous opportunity to see this beautiful historic vessel up close and have a nice chat with our friendly volunteers!

More information about the Johnshaven Fish Festival can be found here.

Whale and Dolphin Survey Training for Ages 16-25 with WDC Shorewatch

Whale and Dolphin Survey Training for Ages 16-25 with WDC Shorewatch

15 August 2022 11:00 - 15 August 2022 15:30

WDC Shorewatch is a network of volunteers, carrying out regular surveys of whales and dolphins along the Scottish coastline. Join us for this special hands on training day specially for young people (16-25 year olds)!

This training day is split into two sessions (please note that the tickets are only for the first session!):

11AM - 12:30PM - Coastline Community Church, Session St, Pittenweem, KY10 2QL

Learn how how to identify different species of whales and dolphins and how you can contribute towards the conservation of these incredible creatures in this informal introductory session.

Free, but booking is essential! Book this session on Art Tickets.

1:30PM - 3:30PM - West Braes, Pittenweem, KY10 2PT

Apply your newfound knowledge and try surveying out on the shore at West Braes! All equipment will be provided.

You can alternatively attend this second session on a drop-in basis - just come find us at the site!

Free refreshments will be available, courtesy of the West Braes Project.

We would be happy to subsidise the cost of travel to and from Pittenweem for anyone who might not otherwise be able to attend - please get in touch with us!

For any questions or more information, you can email kathy@scotfishmuseum.org or contact us on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook @scotfishmuseum.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Traditional Whaling Songs performed by Peter Shepheard and Arthur Watson

Traditional Whaling Songs performed by Peter Shepheard and Arthur Watson

10 August 2022 14:00 - 10 August 2022 16:00

Date: Saturday, 10th of September

Time: 2PM onwards (a second performance at 3PM, subject to demand)

Location: Historic Boatyard, the Scottish Fisheries Museum

In celebration of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 and the “Arctic Ventures: Forgotten Stories of Scottish Whaling” exhibition in our Scottish Whaling Gallery, we’re delighted to welcome folk musicians Pete Shepheard and Arthur Watson, who’ll be performing traditional whaling songs in our Historic Boatyard.

Advanced tickets: £5 (but will also be available on the door!)

Tickets available on Art Tickets - all are welcome!

A bar will also be available.
Traditional Whaling Songs performed by folk musicians Pete Shepheard and Arthur Watson

In celebration of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, we’re delighted to welcome folk musicians Pete Shepheard and Arthur Watson, who’ll be performing traditional whaling songs in our Historic Boatyard.

Performance begins at 2pm - all are welcome!

Advanced tickets £5 to guarantee a seat! Available from Art Tickets.

Tickets will also likely be available on the door, so please do check! A second performance will commence at 3pm subject to demand.

Bar available.

Meet the Artist: Caroline Hack

Meet the Artist: Caroline Hack

02 September 2022 10:00 - 04 September 2022 16:00

Join us for the opportunity to meet renowned whaling artist, printmaker and handmade book-maker Caroline Hack from the 2 - 4 September.

We’re delighted to welcome Caroline, whose textile work will be on display in our Scottish Whaling Gallery from 2 September - 29 November, as part of our Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 project, “Arctic Ventures: Forgotten Stories of Scotland’s Whaling”. Caroline’s interest in the history of British Arctic whaling has taken her around the world, visiting whaling related sites, museums and collections to gather source material. For The Scottish Fisheries Museum, Caroline will help to bring aspects of the Scottish Whaling story to life through her textile art and handmade books, echoing the crafts and logs undertaken on long whaling voyages in the past.

Caroline will be available to meet and chat to throughout the weekend in the Scottish Whaling Gallery. Come along to learn more about her inspiration and artistic process.

More information about ‘Arctic Ventures: Forgotten Stories of Scottish Whaling’ can be found here.

Find out more about Caroline’s work on her website.

Anster Nicht:

Anster Nicht: "WWII Defences of Fife" by Steve Liscoe

15 September 2022 19:30 - 15 September 2022 21:00

We’re excited to be joining forces with our friends at the Anstruther Improvements Association for our next evening talk!

Join us at Dreel Halls, Anstruther on Thursday, 15 September, for “WII Defences of Fife” presented by Archaeologist Steve Liscoe, 7:30 - 9PM.

Entry is £3 on the door or free to members of the AIA.

This talk is part of the AIA’s “Anster Nicht” winter talk series as well as our own “Landscapes of War” exhibition - coming soon!

Abstract:

Steve Liscoe of Fife Council’s Archaeological Unit will provide a brief introduction to the Unit followed by an illustrated talk, highlighting the wide range, and large number, of military sites documented in the Unit’s records that relate to the defence of Scotland during 1939-45, particularly those which fortified Fife against attack and invasion. The Archaeological Unit provides historical and archaeological advice and information to Fife Council and deals with archaeological and related enquiries from the public and external organisations. Steve has been part of the Unit since 2004 and is responsible for maintaining and developing the Fife Sites & Monuments Record, containing over 11,000 records of archaeological sites for Fife.

Book launch:

Book launch: "The Salt Roads" by John Goodlad

27 September 2022 18:00 - 27 September 2022 20:30

Join us at the Museum for this special event to celebrate the launch of “The Salt Roads: How Fish Made a Culture” by author John Goodlad.

6PM: A last opportunity to view the exhibition Confusing Shadow with Substance in the Zulu Gallery, a collaborative project between artists Janette Kerr and Jo Millett, exploring aspects of Shetland’s historic relationship with the sea.

7PM: Author John Goodlad will be in conversation with Kevin Dunion, local historian and Vice Chair of The Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust, and read from his new work. This will be followed by a book signing.

Refreshments will be served.

Entry free, but booking is essential. Reserve your place via Art Tickets here.

If you have any questions about the event, please get in touch at enquiries@scotfishmuseum.org.

Oyster Fest!

Oyster Fest!

17 October 2022 12:00 - 17 October 2022 15:00

We’re excited to bring you “Oyster Fest!” as part of the Family Learning Festival 2022!

Monday, 17th October | 12 - 3PM | Sun Tavern, Scottish Fisheries Museum

Join us in the Sun Tavern, where we’ll have stalls from the Museum, Restoration Forth and more exploring citizen science, sustainability and the history and heritage of native European oysters in the Firth of Forth.

We’ll also have an ecology-themed arts and crafts corner, suitable for kids and adults!

There’ll also be rock oyster* tasting sessions with Tobermory Oysters in our Education Centre - learn how to shuck and prepare oysters. You can book your session in advance via Art Tickets or on the door at the event.

This event is free - simply drop by and say hi! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Find out more about the Family Learning Festival here.

This event is part of the Cry of the Forth project, which produced the Positive Currents exhibition in partnership with the Scottish Seabird Centre. You can now catch the exhibition at in North Berwick until the 20th November.

*Please note that these are sustainably farmed oysters. More information is available here.

Maths Week Scotland 2022

Maths Week Scotland 2022

28 September 2022 10:00 - 02 October 2022 16:30

We’re thrilled to be taking part in Maths Week Scotland 2022!

We’ll be launching “Kipper the Cat’s Maths Trail” to use in the galleries. Join Kipper as he embarks on his first fishing trip, solving puzzles along the way and explore the different ways in which fishermen use maths both in the past and today. Children will get a free Maths Week Scotland pencil and badge for taking part and letting us know what they think! Suitable for ages 8-12.

Available from 26th September until stocks last!

We’ll also be taking part in Maths Week Scotland’s #ShowYourWorking campaign on Twitter to highlight how maths is used in all jobs, including those in the Museums sector. Follow the hashtag to inspire maths-themed curiosity!

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

29 October 2022 10:00 - 29 October 2022 12:00

Annual Service of Remembrance for fishermen and lifeboatmen lost at sea.

Saturday 29th October

Scottish Fisheries Museum, Memorial Room

If you would like to attend to commemorate a family member or friend lost to the sea, please contact the museum on 01333 310628 or enquiries@scotfishmuseum.org for further details.

Autumn East Neuk Family Learning Roadshow

Autumn East Neuk Family Learning Roadshow

19 October 2022 14:30 - 19 October 2022 16:30

Come celebrate the October holidays with an afternoon of family learning activities at the next East Neuk Family Learning Roadshow!

We’ll be joining a host of local organisations including the East Neuk Centre Trust, Anstruther Improvements Association and East Neuk Lighthouse at St Monans Town Hall on Wednesday, 19th October from 2:30-4:30PM!

This event is free for the whole family, with arts and crafts, games, storytelling and more! We can’t wait to see you there.

Knit and Natter

Knit and Natter

24 November 2022 19:00 - 24 November 2022 20:00

Our informal, online get-together for all things woolly and wonderful returns!

Celebrate International Gansey Day with us. Join us on Zoom for a friendly get together to share your knitting projects, ask questions and enjoy a gansey gaggle!

Make a cup of tea, pull up a chair and join us on Thursday, the 24th of November at 7pm (GMT).

Contact jen@scotfishmuseum.org for more information and the Zoom details to join. Already on our mailing list? The link will arrive in your inbox soon!

More information on knitting and fishing at https://scottishgansey.org.uk/. Knitters of all abilities welcome.

We look forward to seeing you!

Whale Tales and Crafts at Dreel Friends

Whale Tales and Crafts at Dreel Friends

19 November 2022 10:00 - 19 November 2022 11:30

SFM are on the road again to Dreel Friends!

Join us at the Dreel Halls on Saturday, 19th November, 10am - 11:30am.

We’ll be providing book-themed craft activities to celebrate Book Week Scotland, inspired by the Artic Ventures exhibition in our Scottish Whaling Gallery.

Entry: £2.50 per adult, £1 per child, including teas and coffees, sweet treats and games for children.

For more information about Dreel Friends, please see the Facebook page.

Artic Ventures: Forgotten Stories of Scottish Whaling is on display at the Museum until the 27th November.

Fortifying the Forth from the French Wars to the Second World War

Fortifying the Forth from the French Wars to the Second World War

29 November 2022 19:00 - 29 November 2022 20:30

Join us for our next evening talk!

We’re delighted to be welcoming Ron Morris to the Museum, who’ll take us on what he describes as a whistlestop tour of the Forth’s coastal defences, and discuss their significance in the context of Scotland’s military and naval history.

Following this talk, there’ll be an opportunity to ask questions, as well as to privately view our “Landscapes of War” exhibition in the Exhibition Gallery.

This talk is free, with donations for teas and coffees. Please reserve your ticket on Eventbrite.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Ron Morris is a local historian and co-author of co-author of The Fortification of the Firth of Forth 1880-1977: ‘the Most Powerful Naval Fortress in the British Empire’.

Landscapes of War is on display until the 12th December. Entry is free with Museum admission.

If you have any questions about this event, please get in touch with us on social media or via kathy@scotfishmuseum.org.

Tall Tales of Fishing for Whales in the Frozen North

Tall Tales of Fishing for Whales in the Frozen North

07 December 2022 18:30 - 07 December 2022 20:30

Join us for this special event on Wednesday, 7th December to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022!

6.30PM: Private (last chance!) viewing of Arctic Ventures: Forgotten Stories of Scottish Whaling in our Scottish Whaling Gallery.

A final chance to see Caroline Hack’s textile art interpreting this brutal industry played out against the beautiful land and seascapes of the Arctic Circle.

7 - 8.30PM: Talk by Matt Ylitalo (University of St Andrews), followed by conversation with Matt and Caroline and time for Q&A.

Matt explores the fascinating people, journeys and experiences of Scottish whaling endeavors, drawing inspiration from the museum’s own historic collection.

Free entry but donations welcome. Reserve your ticket on Eventbrite.

Christmas Crafts!

Christmas Crafts!

12 December 2022 15:30 - 12 December 2022 16:30

Looking for a relaxing after school activity in the run up to Christmas?

Join us in the Sun Tavern on Monday, 12th December for our last event of the year!

Drop in any time between 3:30-4:30pm, where we’ll be kicking back and making some Christmas cards!

This is a free event, with hot chocolate for kids - we hope to see you there!

Stars, constellations, and how not to get lost

Stars, constellations, and how not to get lost

02 February 2023 19:00 - 02 February 2023 20:30

Join us for our first evening talk of the year!

We’re delighted to welcome Astronomer Dr. Anne-Marie Weijmans (School of Physics and Astronomy, the University of St Andrews), who’ll take us on a starry night journey through science and history.

This talk has been developed to compliment the newly fitted star plates as part of our ongoing lighting project in the Zulu Gallery, which takes inspiration from SDS Surveys and the Apache Point Observatory.

This talk is free to attend, with donations for teas and coffees.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Book online at: https://the-scottish-fisheries-museum.arttickets.org.uk/the-scottish-fisheries-museum/2023-02-02-stars-constellations-and-how-not-to-get-lost

or on the door on the night.

Abstract:

On a clear, dark night there are more than a thousand stars out there that we can see, without even having to use a telescope! To help us recognise and make sense of all these stars, we made patterns out of them on the sky: constellations. But what are these constellations, and how do they change over the course of a year? Does everyone on Earth see the same constellations? And how have for centuries the stars helped those at sea to navigate safely back home? That are some of the questions we will answer this evening.

Image: Ursa Major, Urania’s Mirror, c. 1825
Tales from the Loft

Tales from the Loft

04 February 2023 11:30 - 04 February 2023 15:00

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th February 11.30 am and 2.30pm both days

As the shadows start to shorten, join us as we mark National Storytelling Week with book readings for children from our atmospheric fishermen’s loft on the theme of winter losing its grip!

Free with family admission ticket to museum

Tales from the Loft

Tales from the Loft

05 February 2023 11:30 - 05 February 2023 15:00

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th February 11.30 am and 2.30pm both days

As the shadows start to shorten, join us as we mark National Storytelling Week with book readings for children from our atmospheric fishermen’s loft on the theme of winter losing its grip!

Free with family admission ticket to museum

After-School Drop-in Valentine’s Crafts

After-School Drop-in Valentine’s Crafts

13 February 2023 15:30 - 13 February 2023 16:30

Join us for a simple sea-themed after-school art activity and make cute, coastline-inspired cards to send loving wishes to your friends and family this February.

Monday 13th February 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Free for kids but donations towards cost of materials and refreshments always welcome.

Knit and Natter

Knit and Natter

23 February 2023 19:00 - 23 February 2023 20:00

Our informal, online get-together for all things woolly and wonderful returns for a second winter session!

Join us on Zoom for a friendly get together to share your knitting projects, ask questions and enjoy a gansey gaggle!

Make a cup of tea, pull up a chair and join us on Thursday, the 23rd of February at 7pm (GMT).

Contact jen@scotfishmuseum.org for more information and the Zoom details to join. Already on our mailing list? The link will arrive in your inbox soon!

More information on knitting and fishing at https://scottishgansey.org.uk/. Knitters of all abilities welcome.

We look forward to seeing you!

Gaelic Sing-along

Gaelic Sing-along

24 February 2023 10:30 - 24 February 2023 12:00

20 - 26 February is World Gaelic week and we are pleased to be working with our partner Gaelic in Fife to make Gaelic more audible in the Kingdom.

As part of a week-long programme of activities, the Waves Cafe at the Scottish Fisheries Museum will host a Sing-along and Srùpag where you can celebrate seachdain na Gàidhlig with a song and a scone (and a cup of tea)!

Friday 24th February, at 10.30am

See the full programme online at: https://seachdainnagaidhlig.scot/

Surfacing | Creative Writing and Arts

Surfacing | Creative Writing and Arts

15 March 2023 10:30 - 05 April 2023 12:00

A Short Programme of four linked workshops to develop writing informed by the sea and coastline and to explore found objects through art.

The programme is FREE, all we ask is that you can attend all four dates. Participants will generate original content that will form part of a themed exhibition within the Scottish Fisheries Museum.

Weds 15th, 22nd, 29th March & 5th April 2023

10.30am – 12 noon

Please contact Linda Fitzpatrick on 01333 310628 or linda@scotfishmuseum.org to reserve your place.

No previous experience needed; all materials provided.

Shipshape Network Scotland Hub Event

Shipshape Network Scotland Hub Event

11 March 2023 10:00 - 12 March 2023 13:00

The Scottish Fisheries Museum invites you to a weekend of activities exploring Maritime Heritage in a Contemporary Context

Under the umbrella of National Historic Ships UK, Shipshape Scotland brings together traditional skills, services and facilities across the nation’s 32 council areas. The Scottish Fisheries Museum is the Shipshape Scotland Hub and offers a range of activities and services available to local historic vessel owners, skilled craftsmen, businesses, heritage organisations, training bodies and maritime enthusiasts

Our first Shipshape Hub event will be held at the Museum in Anstruther over two days: on Saturday 11th March there will be a programme of talks and presentations with lunch, tea, and coffee provided, and the option to join us for dinner in the evening. On Sunday 12th, we have a morning of tours and demonstrations in the Boatyard, on board the Reaper, to see the Manx Beauty, and a special sound installation by Gail McGarva within the museum.

Conference Fee: £12 covers all presentations, lunch, refreshments, and tours.

Optional Saturday dinner from £24.50 (£10 deposit payable at time of booking).

Please see the full programme and book online at: Eventbrite

All Boats Have a Story to Tell

All Boats Have a Story to Tell

12 March 2023 11:00 - 12 March 2023 13:00

Georgie McDonald | An Audio Portrait

by Gail McGarva

A celebration of the stories of working boats, their people and their shores. All boats have a story to tell… and here is the story of just one of them; the story of Georgie McDonald…

Meet the artist:

Sunday 12th March, 11 am - 1 pm

Historic Boatyard Display, Scottish Fisheries Museum

This audio portrait of Georgie McDonald is part of an audio collection ‘All boats have a story to tell’. The collection seeks to shine a light on endangered working boats and their special place in our maritime heritage. The creator of the collection is Gail McGarva, a traditional wooden boat builder with a particular passion for working boats. Gail specialising in building replicas or she prefers to call them ‘daughterboats’ breathing life into a new generation of traditional craft.

Entry included in General Admission fee
Happy Chicks. Happy Home?

Happy Chicks. Happy Home?

01 April 2023 02:30 - 01 April 2023 04:00

Join artist Gail McGregor for this family fun workshop!

Using items found on Anstruther beach, we will create a home to protect a seabird chick that is the last of its kind! Discover what types of items the tide leaves on local beaches and if these are safe for birds to use to make their nests.

This workshop includes beach combing so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. If adverse weather is forecast the workshop will go ahead indoors. Children must be over 8 years of age and accompanied by an adult.

Saturday 1st April 2.30pm - 4.00pm

Free, but booking essential.

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org to book your place. We will meet at the Sun Tavern.

This workshop is inspired by our temporary exhibition ‘Plastic Tide’ opening 1st April.

Easter fun with the Museum

Easter fun with the Museum

05 April 2023 14:00 - 05 April 2023 16:00

Join us at the East Neuk Family Roadshow

The Scottish Fisheries Museum hits the road this April and joins up with lots of other local organisations for a fun activity day in Crail Community Hall, to inspire families to get Active in the East Neuk. We’ll be encouraging visitors to our stall to head beach-wards over the Easter Holidays and look for both beautiful seabirds and not so beautiful plastic. Find out how you can help remove plastic from our shorelines to improve the habitat for local wildlife and humans alike!

Wednesday 5th April 2.00pm - 4.00pm at Crail Community Hall

The activities are inspired by our temporary exhibition ‘Plastic Tide’ opening Saturday 1st April.

Family Easter Crafts Drop-In Sessions

Family Easter Crafts Drop-In Sessions

10 April 2023 13:30 - 12 April 2023 15:30

Free Family Easter Crafts

Let’s get crafty this Easter! Join us for some fun Easter themed crafts over the Easter Holidays. Free fun activities for all the family.

Monday 10th & Wednesday 12th April, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Free with general museum admission but donations towards materials always welcome.

Springtime Stories in the Loft

Springtime Stories in the Loft

16 April 2023 14:00 - 16 April 2023 14:30

Stories to take us into Spring

Join us for some seasonal book readings for children with a salty twist from the atmospheric attic of our Fishermen’s Cottage.

Sunday 16th April 2.00pm - 2.30pm

Drop-in event. No need to book. Free with general museum admission

Easter Chick Hunt

Easter Chick Hunt

01 April 2023 10:00 - 16 April 2023 16:30

How many Easter chicks you can find?

Some naughty Spring chickens have escaped the nest and are roaming the museum galleries! Help us track them down in this fun free trail over the school holidays. Running during museum opening hours.

Saturday 1st April - Sunday 16th April

Free with general museum admissions.

Coronation Crafts Drop-In

Coronation Crafts Drop-In

08 May 2023 13:30 - 08 May 2023 15:30

Free Crafts Drop-In Session

Join us for some fun celebration themed crafts that you will be royally proud of! Free fun activities for all the family.

Monday 8th May Time TBC

Free with general museum admission but donations towards materials always welcome.

Weave Your Waste! Workshop

Weave Your Waste! Workshop

27 May 2023 11:00 - 27 May 2023 15:30

Join us for this fun workshop!

Be inspired by the weaving in the sculpture ‘Climate Change: The Plastic Age’ by Gail McGregor and upcycle your waste into a coaster or two!

All materials provided. Open to all ages.

Saturday 27th May 11.00am - 12.30pm and 2.00pm - 3.30pm

Free but booking essential

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org to book your place.

Stories in the Loft

Stories in the Loft

28 May 2023 14:00 - 28 May 2023 14:30

Free Storytelling Session

Seasonal book readings for children with a salty twist from the atmospheric attic of our Fishermen’s Cottage!

Sunday 28th May 2.00pm - 2.30pm

Free with general museum admission.

Youth Workshop: Climate Change - What can you do?

Youth Workshop: Climate Change - What can you do?

18 June 2023 14:00 - 18 June 2023 15:30

Join marine biologist Sean Flinn from Climate Action Fife’s Youth Engagement Project!

This free interactive workshop explores climate change, the ocean, plastic and its effect on marine life. Discuss with your peers what you can do to reduce your waste and impact on the climate.

All materials provided. Aimed at young people but open to all ages and families welcome.

Sunday 18th June 2.00pm - 3.30pm

Free but booking essential

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org to book your place.

Eco Home Fizz Workshop

Eco Home Fizz Workshop

23 June 2023 19:00 - 23 June 2023 20:30

Join us for this relaxed adults only workshop!

Most of us have big brand cleaning products in our homes, but have you ever thought about making your own? Come along and have some fun making an eco-friendly product for your home and take home some recipes to try yourself. Inspired by our current exhibition ‘Plastic Tide’.

All materials provided.

Friday 23rd June 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Tickets £5 and include materials and refreshments.

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org to book your place.

Beach Clean - Scottish Fisheries Museum and Youth1st/CAF

Beach Clean - Scottish Fisheries Museum and Youth1st/CAF

08 July 2023 12:00 - 08 July 2023 14:00

Grab a bag and join us for a beach clean!

We are partnering with Youth 1st and Climate Action Fife for a beach clean at Castle Street Beach. We will have litter pickers, bags and clipboards but if you have your own please bring them as numbers will be limited.

Unlike other litter picks you might have done we will be collecting a survey of the litter collected. These surveys are the most important part of the day other than having some fun on the beach with like minded people.

The survey data will be collated by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). MCS have has been running beach cleans and their flagship event, Great British Beach Clean, for 25 years. Every year, staff and volunteers head to beaches up and down the coast to collect litter and record data about what they find, contributing to citizen science. So far 319 tonnes of litter at the Great British Beach Clean events have been collected. This informs various projects MCS are involved with, and is shared with the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) contributing to a worldwide report on litter levels. All this data has helped inform new policies to tackle beach litter and plastic pollution in the UK such as the plastic bag charge, a ban on microplastics in personal care products and better wet wipe labelling.

Saturday 8th July 12.00pm - 2.00pm

Meet at the museum

What to bring: We’d recommend you pack a rucksack with a few essentials like sunscreen, waterproofs, hand sanitiser, and perhaps some snacks and a drink (in a reusable bottle, of course).

What to wear: If you’re picking up litter with your hands it’s worth wearing a strong pair of gloves - like gardening gloves - just to make sure you’re protected. Sturdy shoes are a must for protection too.

Under 16s: Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Anstruther Harbour Festival

Anstruther Harbour Festival

02 June 2023 10:00 - 04 June 2023 15:16

Join the Museum for three days of festivities at Anstruther Harbour.

Visit our Model Boat Club displays in the former Sun Tavern, and climb aboard our historic Herring Drifter ‘Reaper’ in the Harbour.

Inside the Museum, we’ll have a programme of music and dance performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Fisherlass and Fisherlad ceremony and Art Competition Prize-giving - 4pm, Saturday, in the small marquee.

Outside, across the weekend, there will be food, drink, craft and charity stalls lining the folly, yachts mustering in the water, children’s entertainers and live bands with closing headliners the Red Hot Chilli Pipers rounding off the festival on a big stage on the pier.

See the full programme at: “Anstruther Harbour Festival”:https://www.anstrutherharbourfestival.org/

Bathing Belles and Buoys - Summer Activity

Bathing Belles and Buoys - Summer Activity

13 July 2023 14:00 - 13 July 2023 16:00

Join us for this fun activity!

Are you beach-ready for the holidays??!
Come and decorate your own Victorian swimsuit to get you in the mood for sun, sea and sand this summer! Discover what people used to wear for going for a dip in the sea and design your own colourful costume or just have some arty fun!

All materials provided. Open to all ages.

Thursday 13th July 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Free but please reserve a place to guarantee a space. Some places will be available on the day

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

Bathing Belles and Buoys - Summer Activity

Bathing Belles and Buoys - Summer Activity

03 August 2023 13:30 - 03 August 2023 15:30

Join us for this fun activity!

Are you beach-ready for the holidays??!
Another chance to come and decorate your own Victorian swimsuit to get you in the mood for sun, sea and sand this summer! Discover what people used to wear for going for a dip in the sea and design your own colourful costume or just have some arty fun!

All materials provided. Open to all ages.

Thursday 3rd August 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Free but please reserve a place to guarantee a space. Some places will be available on the day.

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

Story Time with Kipper

Story Time with Kipper

20 July 2023 12:00 - 20 July 2023 12:30

Free Storytelling Session

Join our friendly cat Kipper for some seasonal book readings for children with a salty twist!

Thursday 20th July 12.00 - 12.30

Free with general museum admission.

Colourful Creatures Craft Drop-In

Colourful Creatures Craft Drop-In

20 July 2023 13:30 - 20 July 2023 15:30

Free Colourful Craft Fun

Let’s get crafty this Summer! Join us and create some colourful sea creatures in clay, and put them central stage in our ‘Under the Sea’ theatre’. A relaxing and fun activities for all the family.

Thursday 20th July 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Free but donations towards materials always welcome.

Mini Masterpiece ASN Workshop

Mini Masterpiece ASN Workshop

25 July 2023 13:30 - 25 July 2023 15:00

Join us for this fun workshop!

Be inspired by the colours used by artists featured in our art exhibition to express your mood in a medium of your choice! Comfortable and relaxed atmosphere with other ASN families. NO pressure, NO expectations, NO judgement just a warm welcome and space to have some arty fun.

All materials provided. Open to all ages.

Tuesday 25th July 1.30pm start

Free but booking essential

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org to book your place.

Mini Masterpiece Workshop

Mini Masterpiece Workshop

27 July 2023 13:30 - 27 July 2023 15:00

Join us for this fun workshop!

Be inspired by the colours used by artists featured in our art exhibition to express your mood in a medium of your choice! Create your own museum masterpiece to take home or just have some arty fun.

All materials provided. Open to all ages. Are you an ASN family? If so a more relaxed version of this event is on Tuesday 25th July. See our events page for more details.

Thursday 27th July 1.30pm - 3.00pm

Free but booking essential

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org to book your place.

Summer Crafts Drop-In

Summer Crafts Drop-In

05 August 2023 10:00 - 05 August 2023 16:00

Free Summer Craft Activities

Let’s get crafty this Summer! Join us and have some relaxing fun at our pop-up arts and crafts table in the Zulu Gallery.

Saturday 5th August

Free but donations towards materials always welcome.

Museum closed for private function

Museum closed for private function

03 July 2023 10:10 - 03 July 2023 16:30

The museum, shop and Waves Café will be closed today for a private function

We apologise for any inconvenience but look forward to seeing you when we re-open on Wednesday

Great British Beach Clean - Scottish Fisheries Museum and Youth1st/CAF

Great British Beach Clean - Scottish Fisheries Museum and Youth1st/CAF

24 September 2023 14:30 - 24 September 2023 16:00

Grab a bag and join us for a beach clean!

We are partnering with Youth 1st and Climate Action Fife for a beach clean at Castle Street Beach. We will have litter pickers, bags and clipboards but if you have your own please bring them as numbers will be limited.

Unlike other litter picks you might have done we will be collecting a survey of the litter collected. These surveys are the most important part of the day other than having some fun on the beach with like minded people.

The survey data will be collated by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). MCS have has been running beach cleans and their flagship event, Great British Beach Clean, for 25 years. Every year, staff and volunteers head to beaches up and down the coast to collect litter and record data about what they find, contributing to citizen science. So far 319 tonnes of litter at the Great British Beach Clean events have been collected. This informs various projects MCS are involved with, and is shared with the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) contributing to a worldwide report on litter levels. All this data has helped inform new policies to tackle beach litter and plastic pollution in the UK such as the plastic bag charge, a ban on microplastics in personal care products and better wet wipe labelling.

Sunday 24th September 2.30pm - 4.00pm

Meet at the museum

What to bring: We’d recommend you pack a rucksack with a few essentials like sunscreen, waterproofs, hand sanitiser, and perhaps some snacks and a drink (in a reusable bottle, of course).

What to wear: If you’re picking up litter with your hands it’s worth wearing a strong pair of gloves - like gardening gloves - just to make sure you’re protected. Sturdy shoes are a must for protection too.

Under 16s: Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

October Half Term Activities

October Half Term Activities

07 October 2023 10:00 - 22 October 2023 16:00

Free October Half Term Activities

Join us and have some relaxing fun at the museum this half term!

STORYTIME WITH KIPPER Sunday 8th October, 2.00pm - 2.30pm

Join Kipper for storytime in our atmospheric Fisherman’s Cottage Attic

ART DETECTIVE WORKSHOP Monday 9th October 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Explore our art collection with a conservator’s hat on and then make decisions to create your own artwork to take home. BOOK HERE

EAST NEUK FAMILY LEARNING ROADSHOW Wednesday 11th October 2pm - 4pm at Cambo

Join us and other groups for some family fun at the next roadshow. We will be making pumpkin pom poms and silver darlings!

OBJECT EXPLORER DROP-IN Friday 13th October 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Join our Assistant Curator to explore our collection up close! Get hands-on with museum objects and have a go at some of the activities our curators do to care for our objects.

HANDS-ON HERITAGE DROP IN Thursday 19th October 2.00pm - 3.30pm

Drop-in for this sensory activity. Get hands-on with our collection and discover the dangers that threaten the survival of objects.

Free activities but donations towards materials are always welcome.

Halloween with Kipper the Cat

Halloween with Kipper the Cat

09 October 2023 10:00 - 05 November 2023 16:00

Free Halloween Activities

Join us for a spooky Halloween at the Museum!

  • Take part in our Pumpkin trail (daily to Sunday 5th November).
  • Make your own Kipper the Cat or his friend Sooty the steam drifter Cat - Sunday 29th October, Monday 30th October Times TBC
  • Spooky Storytime with Kipper - Sunday 29th October Time TBC

Free but donations towards materials always welcome.

Maths Week Scotland 2023

Maths Week Scotland 2023

25 September 2023 10:00 - 01 October 2023 16:00

We’re thrilled to be taking part in Maths Week Scotland 2023!

We’ll be launching and updated “Kipper the Cat’s Maths Trail” to use in the galleries. Join Kipper as he embarks on his first fishing trip, solving puzzles along the way and explore the different ways in which fishermen use maths both in the past and today. Suitable for ages 8-12.

Available from 25th September until stocks last!

Calling all Teachers! We also have a schools self-led version of the trail so why not visit the museum with your class and find out how maths was important to the lives and livelyhoods of fishermen. Contact us to arrange your visit.

We’ll also be taking part in Maths Week Scotland’s #ShowYourWorking campaign on Twitter to highlight how maths is used in all jobs, including those in the Museums sector. Follow the hashtag to inspire maths-themed curiosity!

Book launch: ring-net by Garry MacKenzie

Book launch: ring-net by Garry MacKenzie

16 September 2023 15:00 - 16 September 2023 16:00

Join us for the launch of the chapbook ring-net by award-winning Scottish poet Garry MacKenzie.

ring-net is a sequence of poems charting the rise and fall of the fishing industry in the Firth of Forth. It explores the natural history of the Forth and the culture of its fishing communities, as well as reflecting upon how the decline of Scottish fisheries relates to wider contemporary environmental issues.

Garry will be reading from ring-net and talking about the ideas and influences behind the poems. After the reading he will be signing copies of the limited-edition chapbook.

3pm on Saturday 16th September

Zulu Gallery, Scottish Fisheries Museum

Commenting on ring-net, poet Andrew McNeillie writes:

In this little collection, Garry MacKenzie nets his poems before our eyes, and shoots his metaphors into the deep, with rare and miraculous-seeming precision. He is a moving metaphysician, a meditative net-maker. But his poems are firmly tethered too in the material reality of history. The poems may be read as oblique environmental commentary, regarding the decline of our fisheries. Primarily they are works of verbal art, of exciting virtuosity and striking imagery.

Copies will be for sale at the reading and afterwards in the Scottish Fisheries Museum shop. You can also buy ring-net at: www.clutagpress.com/product/no-6-ring-net-by-garry-mackenzie/.

CANCELLED: Relaxing with Art Session

CANCELLED: Relaxing with Art Session

29 September 2023 19:00 - 29 September 2023 20:30

Join us for this relaxed Friday night out with a twist!

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled due to low attendance. Love art but are not an expert? Find art fun and therapeutic? - you are in good company!

Be inspired by the beautiful paintings in our current exhibition and create your own soothing seascape to help you unwind after a long week at work. A relaxed no-pressure event where you can create as much art as you want and just have a blether with your friends.

Refreshments and all art materials are provided.

Friday 29th September 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Tickets £5 to cover costs of materials

BOOK HERE

Book in advance (some on the door tickets are available) For more information please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org.

Maritime Art 'Talk' with Dr Jeremy Howard and Joe Boyd

Maritime Art 'Talk' with Dr Jeremy Howard and Joe Boyd

27 October 2023 19:00 - 27 October 2023 20:30

Join us for this ‘In Conversation’ event!

A final opportunity to see our ‘Cool, Calm and Collections’ exhibition before it closes on the 29th October at what’s sure to be a lively and interesting dip into the world of Maritime Art with two experts from St Andrews University. This ‘in conversation’ event is your chance to hear from Dr Jeremy Howard and Joe Boyd about their research into Maritime Art and a chance to ask any questions you have.

A relaxed event to which anyone is welcome and refreshments will be available.

Friday 27th October 7.00pm - 8.30pm

BOOK HERE

Book in advance but some tickets will be available on the day

Please contact Jen Gordon on 01333 310628 or jen@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

Art Detective Workshop

Art Detective Workshop

09 October 2023 13:30 - 09 October 2023 15:30

Join us for this arty workshop!

Explore our art collection with a conservator’s hat! Discover how conservators make decisions by looking at museum artworks. Then join us in our Education centre and make your own decisions to create your own artwork to take home or just have some arty fun.

All materials provided. Open to all ages.

Monday 9th October 1.30pm - 3.00pm

Free event BOOK HERE

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

Object Explorer Family Drop-In

Object Explorer Family Drop-In

13 October 2023 13:30 - 13 October 2023 15:30

Join us for this hands-on activity this half term!

Join our Assistant Curator to explore our collection up close! Get hands-on with museum objects and have a go at some of the activities our curators do to care for and record them.

All materials provided. Open to all ages.

Friday 13th October 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Free family fun event but donations welcome

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

Hands-On Heritage Family Drop-In

Hands-On Heritage Family Drop-In

19 October 2023 14:00 - 19 October 2023 15:30

Join us for this hands-on sensory activity!

Get hands-on with objects from the museum collection and discover the dangers that threaten the survival of objects. Open to all ages.

Thursday 19th October 2.00pm - 3.30pm

Free event for all ages, donations welcome

Halloween Craft Drop-In

Halloween Craft Drop-In

29 October 2023 11:00 - 30 October 2023 16:00

Free Halloween Craft Drop-In

Join us for a spooky Halloween at the Museum! Did you know the museum has a friendly ghost cat? This inspired us to create our character Kipper the Cat who you see around the galleries. Let’s get crafty this Halloween and make your own Kipper the Cat or his friend Sooty the steam drifter Cat to take home.

Sunday 29th and Monday 30th October Times 3.00pm - 4.30pm

Free but donations towards materials always welcome.

Pumpkin Trail

Pumpkin Trail

07 October 2023 10:00 - 05 November 2023 16:00

Follow the Pumpkins!

Join us for a spooky Halloween at the Museum! Follow the pumpkins around the galleries to discover the stories and spirits lurking in the shadows of our historic buildings. Look out for hidden Halloween characters on the way!

Throughout October 2023

Free with Museum Admission

Why should I care? Explore collection care and conservation

Why should I care? Explore collection care and conservation

17 November 2023 14:00 - 08 December 2023 15:00

Are you 11 - 25 years old? Free activities in November and December!

Want to find out more about museums? Join us over four weeks in November and December and meet museum staff and explore our collections up close. Get hands-on with museum objects, up close to our boats, and discover what threatens the preservation of museum collections.

What will I get out of it?

  • Learn new skills
  • Meet new people and share ideas
  • Build self-confidence

What the museum offers

  • Cover travel expenses so you can take part
  • Julia our friendly Learning and Engagement Officer will be on hand every week to support you
  • All materials and equipment will be provided.

Open to anyone 11 - 19 years old.

Four Weekly Sessions: Friday 17th November - Friday 8th December

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? Friday 17th November, 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Explore why you think museums matter (or not) and learn how we decide what objects to add to our collection.

OBJECTS GALORE Friday 24th November 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Learn how to handle objects from the museum collection and why we handle these with extra care. Learn how we label museum objects (it’s not as easy as you think!).

CARING FOR HISTORIC BOATS Saturday 2nd December 10.30am - 12.00

Join our Boat Club volunteers who will share how they care for our historic boats like the Reaper. Have a go at caulking, ropework and other traditional skills. Also, have a tour of the Reaper (weather permitting).

OBJECT CARE AND CLEANING Friday 8th December 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Swab the decks with our Assistant Curator by getting up close to our historic boats. Learn why and how we clean the largest objects in our collection.

Free activity session

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

These activities are funded through IMS Powering Our People Project

Stained Glass Craft Drop-In

Stained Glass Craft Drop-In

10 November 2023 14:00 - 10 November 2023 15:30

Join us for some relaxed messy fun this in-service day!

Ahead of Remembrance Day and taking inspiration from the lovely sea glass windows in our Memorial Room and Safety at Sea galleries, join us to make your own stained glass inspired suncatcher to take home.

All materials provided. Open to all ages.

Friday 10th November 2.00pm - 3.30pm

Free but donations towards materials are always welcome.

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

Storytime with Kipper

Storytime with Kipper

17 December 2023 14:00 - 17 December 2023 14:30

Free Storytelling Session

Join our friendly cat Kipper for some seasonal book readings for children with a salty twist from our atmospheric fishermans loft!

Sunday 17th December 2.00pm - 2.30pm

Free - ask at Reception for directions

Dreel Babies and Toddlers - Outreach Event

Dreel Babies and Toddlers - Outreach Event

24 November 2023 10:00 - 24 November 2023 11:30

Join us at the Dreel Halls this November

We are heading west across the burn to visit our friends the Anstruther Improvements Association, running outreach activities related to our winter exhibition “Yellow Butterflies” at their Dreel Babies and Toddlers and Dreel Friends events in Dreel Halls.

Dreel Babies is a friendly social group for local parents, carers, babies and toddlers. All are welcome.

Friday 24th November 10.00am- 11.30am

Please contact Julia Priestley on 07497 370556 or Katherine on 07815 750251 to ask about joining

Contact Jen on 01333 310628 or jen@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

Dreel Friends - Outreach Event

Dreel Friends - Outreach Event

18 November 2023 10:00 - 18 November 2023 11:30

Join us at the Dreel Halls this November!

We are heading west across the burn to visit our friends the Anstruther Improvements Association, running outreach activities related to our winter exhibition “Yellow Butterflies” at their Dreel Babies and Toddlers and Dreel Friends events in Dreel Halls.

Anyone of any age is welcome to join this lovely community coffee morning with Book Stall, kids toys/crafts and a story for Book Week Scotland… or just enjoy hot drinks, home-baking and a blether!

Saturday 18th November 10.00am - 11.30am

Please contact Julia Priestley on 07497 370556 or Katherine on 07815 750251 to ask about joining

Contact Jen on 01333 310628 or jen@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

Eco Fizz Bath Bomb Workshop

Eco Fizz Bath Bomb Workshop

01 December 2023 19:00 - 01 December 2023 20:30

Have some pre-festive fun at this relaxed adults only workshop!

We all have our favourite bathtime brand, but have you ever thought about making your own? Leave the kids at home and just relax and have a blether while trying our hand at making some eco-friendly bath bombs! Give them as a Christmas gift or treat yourself.

Refreshments will be provided and all materials will be supplied.

Friday 1st December 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Tickets £5 to cover materials costs

BOOK HERE

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org to book your place.

Please Note: Your creations will time need to dry so you won’t be able to take them away on the night. Just let us know when you would like to pick them up and we will have them ready for you.

Gansey Knit and Natter Reunion

Gansey Knit and Natter Reunion

23 November 2023 19:00 - 23 November 2023 20:00

Join us for our Knit and Natter Reunion!

This is a chance for our Gansey Knit and Natter group - launched as part of our ‘Knitting the Herring’ Project during lockdowns of winters past - to get together for an annual catch-up ahead of International Gansey Day on 25th November.

Anyone is welcome to join this group. The meeting will be held over Zoom.

Thursday 23rd November 7.00pm - 8.00pm

Anyone is welcome to join us

Please contact Jen Gordon on 01333 310628 or jen@scotfishmuseum.org for more information or to be involved.

Design Your Own Wrapping Paper Workshop

Design Your Own Wrapping Paper Workshop

11 December 2023 15:20 - 11 December 2023 16:30

Join us for this festive art workshop!

Let’s get festive and create your own wrapping paper! Have a go at block printing using our festive stamps or create your own. Design your own wrapping paper to take home. We will provide white craft paper, but if you would like to bring your own special or premium paper to use please do.

All materials provided. Aimed at children aged 5 years old and upwards.

Please Note: This workshop could be messy so old clothes you don’t mind getting dirty are recommended.

Monday 11th December 3.20pm - 4.30pm

Free workshop but spaces are limited so please book in advance.

BOOK HERE

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

Festive Museum Trail

Festive Museum Trail

25 November 2023 10:00 - 20 December 2023 16:00

Kipper the Cat is feeling festive!

Join us for a festive Museum Trail! Kipper the Cat is getting into the holiday spirit. He is getting tangled in the tinsel and is dressing up! Can you find all his hiding places in our galleries?

Throughout December 2023

Free with Museum Admission

Festive Crafts Drop-In

Festive Crafts Drop-In

02 December 2023 13:30 - 02 December 2023 15:00

Join us for some relaxed festive fun!

It’s never too early for festive crafts. Join us for some festive crafts at the Museum. Drop-In anytime between 1.30pm and 3.00pm and have some messy arts and crafts fun!

All materials provided. Open to all ages.

Saturday 2nd December 1.30pm - 3.00pm

Free but donations towards materials are always welcome.

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

Meet Santa in the Waves Café

Meet Santa in the Waves Café

15 December 2023 11:00 - 15 December 2023 13:00

Santa is coming to the Museum for one day only!

Come to the Waves Café on Friday 15th December and see Santa. He might even have a small gift just for you! Pop into the cafe between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm and maybe do some Christmas shopping in our shop, or follow our festive trail around the museum while you are here.

Friday 15th December 11.00am - 1.00pm

Peg People Crafts Drop-In

Peg People Crafts Drop-In

16 February 2024 14:20 - 16 February 2024 16:00

Let’s have some relaxed crafty fun this half-term!

Join us and have some fun gluing fabric on pegs to create your own peg person! Be inspired by traditional fishwife outfits you see in our current exhibition ‘Yellow Butterflies. Drop-In anytime between 2.00pm and 4.00pm and have some messy arts and crafts fun!

All materials provided. Open to all ages.

Friday 16th February 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Free but donations towards materials are always welcome.

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

Let's Get Dressed Up Costume Drop-In

Let's Get Dressed Up Costume Drop-In

14 February 2024 10:30 - 14 February 2024 12:30

Join us for some dressing up!

We have some great kid’s friendly costumes for the kids to dress up in this in-service day! A selection of our school and family dressing-up box will be available for Museum visitors young and old to try on. Be inspired by the costumes in our current exhibition ‘Yellow Butterlies’ and get into character as a fishwife, fisherlass or fisherman. Drop-In anytime between 10.30am and 12.30.

Wednesday 14th February 10.30am - 12.30

Free with Museum Admission

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

Gut-Along, Sing-Along: Gaelic Working Songs Community Workshop

Gut-Along, Sing-Along: Gaelic Working Songs Community Workshop

24 February 2024 13:30 - 24 February 2024 15:00

Join us for this fun musical event!

Pop into the Scottish Fisheries Museum and explore why working songs were an important part of life for Herring Lasses and fishing communities. Have a go at singing some songs and learn some Gaelic words while gutting our fabric fish! See how many you can gut in a minute.

The workshop is being led Meg Hyland who has researched the role of music in the lives of Scottish herring girls. This event is funded through Seachdain na Gàidhlig Small Grants Funding and is part of a wider series of events in Anstruther for World Gaelic Day 2024.

All materials provided. Everyone Welcome.

Saturday 24th February 1.30pm - 3.00pm

Free Family Friendly Workshop

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

The Scottish Fisheries Museum is grateful to Seachdain na Gàidhlig for supporting this event through their Small Grants Fund. This is one of a series of events happening in Anstruther celebrating Seachdain na Gàidhlig. Seachdain na Gàidhlig is organised by Scottish traditional culture and music organisation Hands Up For Trad, with support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Creative Scotland.

Air a mhaoineachadh le Seachdain na Gàidhlig tro Mhaoin nan Tabhartas Beag, le taic bho Bhòrd na Gàidhlig // Funded by Seachdain na Gàidhlig’s Small Grants Fund with support from Bòrd an Gàidhlig

Storytime with Kipper the Cat

Storytime with Kipper the Cat

18 February 2024 14:00 - 18 February 2024 14:30

Free Storytelling Session

Join our friendly cat Kipper for some seasonal book readings for children with a salty twist from our atmospheric fishermans loft!

Sunday 18th February 2.00pm - 2.30pm

Free - ask at Reception for directions

Valentine Craft Drop-In

Valentine Craft Drop-In

10 February 2024 10:00 - 14 February 2024 16:00

Join us for Valentine themed crafts this half term!

We have left some Valentine crafts on our Art Cart. As part of your visit pull up a chair and have a go at making a Valentine Basket or Card for someone special. Baskets were an important piece of equipment for Fishwives to carry the catch when selling it. Have a go at weaving a mini heart basket. Instructions and materials will be provided. Stop off as part of your museum visit.

Saturday 10th - Wednesday 14th February during opening hours

Free with Museum Admission

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

Twitchers Museum Adventure Half Term Trail

Twitchers Museum Adventure Half Term Trail

10 February 2024 10:00 - 25 February 2024 16:00

Join in the Family Wildlife Trail this Half Term!

Investigate the wonderful wildlife connected to our collections as part of a trail organised by Kids in Museums and Walker Books. The egg-citing national family trail celebrates the release of Feather, the latest book in the Twitchers Series from bestselling children’s author M. G. Leonard.

Join birdwatching detectives the Twitchers and explore the beautiful birds and amazing sea creatures at the Museum - it’s not just fish! Pick up a free activity sheet to join in and have a hoot with your family. Find all the feathered friends hidden in the collection and make your own family pledge to protect local wildlife. Complete the trail and get a free Twitchers sticker!

Families will also have the chance to enter a caw-some national prize draw competition to win one of five bundles of all four books in the Twitchers Series. Kids in Museums is inviting children to design their own bird or animal sidekick and share their drawing on Twitter/X or Instagram with the hashtag #TwitchersMuseumAdventure and tag @kidsinmuseums for a chance to win.

Saturday 10th - Thursday 25th February During Opening Hours

Free with Museum Admission

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

Talk: Gaelic Songs in Fife and The Herring Gutters

Talk: Gaelic Songs in Fife and The Herring Gutters

24 February 2024 16:00 - 24 February 2024 17:30

Join us for this talk and musical event!

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, fisherfolk from all over Scotland came through Fife as they were following the herring. Women who worked as herring gutters sang in Gaelic as they worked in ports along the east coast. At this event, Meg Hyland will share examples of Gaelic songs sung by herring gutters of this era and discuss the linguistic and musical exchange that happened between speakers of Gaelic, Scots and English in the fishing industry. The audience will learn some songs and are welcome to join in the singing (but this is not compulsory).

The Scottish Fisheries Museum is grateful to Seachdain na Gàidhlig for supporting this event through their Small Grants Fund. This is one of a series of events happening in Anstruther celebrating Seachdain na Gàidhlig. Seachdain na Gàidhlig is organised by Scottish traditional culture and music organisation Hands Up For Trad, with support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Creative Scotland.

Saturday 24th February 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Venue: Dreel Halls, Anstruther

Free Event but please book in advance BOOK HERE

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

Air a mhaoineachadh le Seachdain na Gàidhlig tro Mhaoin nan Tabhartas Beag, le taic bho Bhòrd na Gàidhlig // Funded by Seachdain na Gàidhlig’s Small Grants Fund with support from Bòrd an Gàidhlig

Talk: The Scottish Fishwife and Her Identity

Talk: The Scottish Fishwife and Her Identity

15 March 2024 19:00 - 15 March 2024 20:30

Join Margaret Ritchie and delve into the image and identities of Scotland’s fishwives.

Based on her oral history research with retired Fisherrow fishwives, Margaret will share how important their clothes, both working and dress outfits, were in creating their occupational identities. She will also share stories of the working lives of these independent businesswomen. This is also a final opportunity to see our exhibition ‘Yellow Butterflies’ before it closes on the 18th March. This event is a chance to hear snippets from Margaret’s interviews with Scottish fishwives and a chance to ask any questions you have.

A relaxed event to which anyone is welcome and refreshments will be available.

Friday 15th March 7.00pm - 8.30pm

BOOK HERE

Book in advance but some tickets will be available on the day

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

Easter at the Museum

Easter at the Museum

29 March 2024 10:00 - 14 April 2024 16:00

Free Activities this Easter

Join us and have some relaxing family fun at the museum this Easter break!

EASTER CHICK HUNT Friday 29th March - Sunday 14th April (during opening hours)

Some naughty Spring chickens have escaped the nest and are roaming the museum galleries! Help us track them down in this fun free trail over the school holidays. How many Easter chicks you can find?

EASTER CRAFTS DROP-IN - Friday 29th and Saturday 30th March, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Let’s get crafty this Easter! Join us for some fun Easter themed crafts.

STORYTIME WITH KIPPER - Sunday 31st March, 2.00pm - 2.30pm

Join Kipper for storytime in our atmospheric Fisherman’s Cottage Attic

EAST NEUK FAMILY LEARNING ROADSHOW - Wednesday 3rd April at The Waid Academy

Join us and other groups for some family fun at the next roadshow.

Free activities but donations are always welcome.

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

Easter Chick Hunt

Easter Chick Hunt

29 March 2024 10:00 - 14 April 2024 16:00

How many Easter chicks can you find?

Some naughty Spring chickens have escaped the nest and are roaming the museum galleries! Help us track them down in this fun free trail over the school holidays. Running during museum opening hours.

Friday 29th March - Sunday 14th April

Free with museum admission.

Storytime with Kipper the Cat

Storytime with Kipper the Cat

31 March 2024 14:00 - 31 March 2024 14:30

Free Storytelling Session

Join our friendly cat Kipper for some seasonal book readings for children with a salty twist from our atmospheric fishermans loft!

Sunday 31st March 2.00pm - 2.30pm

Free event - ask at Reception for directions

Family Easter Crafts Drop-In Sessions

Family Easter Crafts Drop-In Sessions

29 March 2024 13:30 - 30 March 2024 15:30

Free Family Easter Crafts

Let’s get crafty this Easter! Join us for some fun Easter themed crafts over the Easter Holidays. Free fun activities for all the family.

Friday 29th & Saturday 30th, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Free event but donations towards materials always welcome.

Storytime with Kipper the Cat

Storytime with Kipper the Cat

14 April 2024 14:00 - 14 April 2024 14:30

Free Storytelling Session

Join our friendly cat Kipper for some seasonal book readings for children with a salty twist from our atmospheric fisherman’s loft!

Sunday 14th April 2.00pm - 2.30pm

Free event - ask at Reception for directions

100 Species Crafts Drop-In Session

100 Species Crafts Drop-In Session

27 April 2024 13:30 - 27 April 2024 15:30

Free Family Crafts Drop-In

Let’s get crafty! Join us for some fun crafts inspired by the 100 Species Exhibition. Free fun activities for all the family.

Saturday 27th April, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Free event but donations towards materials are always welcome.

Storytime with Kipper the Cat

Storytime with Kipper the Cat

28 April 2024 14:00 - 28 April 2024 14:30

Free Storytelling Session

Join our friendly cat Kipper for a story and song for children from our atmospheric fisherman’s loft! Inspired by our 100 Species exhibition we will explore some of the creatures which call the Firth of Forth Home.

Sunday 28th April 2.00pm - 2.30pm

Free event - ask at Reception for directions

St Andrews Memories Cafe at the Fisheries Museum

St Andrews Memories Cafe at the Fisheries Museum

07 May 2024 14:00 - 07 May 2024 15:30

Come for a blether and share your memories of Fife fishing communities

We are really excited to be guest hosting St Andrews Memories group here in May with the R & A World Golf Museum and St Andrews Heritage Museum focussing on the fishing communities of Anstruther and St Andrews but sharing general memories of life on the coast in East Fife - you don’t have to be “born and bred” and you don’t have to be old!! It’s a very relaxed and friendly group sharing stories of life in the area over a cup of tea with archive photos and newspaper cuttings to help recall events and reminiscences – feel free to bring your own pictures or clippings! This event is free and starts at 2pm.

Tuesday 7th May, 2.00pm - 3.30pm

For more information click here or please feel free to drop me, Jen, a line or give me a call for more information on jen@scotfishmuseum.org or 01333 310628

Beginners Gaelic Class

Beginners Gaelic Class

03 May 2024 13:00 - 07 June 2024 14:30

A fun, friendly introduction to Gaelic learning

Join Kirsty Strachan for this FREE 6 weeks Gaelic beginners class at the Scottish Fisheries Museum. This class will be ideal for those who have been studying on Duolingo or are brand new to the language and want to dip their toe into the water before moving to Community Use Classes. Spaces are limited so please email Kirsty.Strachan@fife.gov.uk to secure your place or call 03451 555 555 (Extension Number 460574).

Starts Friday 3rd May, 1.00pm - 2.30pm

Fàilte gu Gàidhlig//Welcome to Gaelic

100 Species Craft Drop-In

100 Species Craft Drop-In

18 May 2024 13:30 - 18 May 2024 15:30

Join us for arty fun!

Come to the museum for some arts and crafts. Be inspired by the creatures in our current exhibition 100 Species and create something to take home. We provide the art materials for you just have fun and be creative. What will you make?

Saturday 18th May 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Free with Museum Admission

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

Storytime with Kipper the Cat

Storytime with Kipper the Cat

06 May 2024 14:00 - 05 August 2024 14:30

Free Storytelling Session

Join our friendly cat Kipper for some stories and songs with a salty twist on Monday afternoons. Enjoy a story or two and sing some songs at these free early years events.

2.00pm - 2.30pm Monday 6th May, 27th May, 10th June, 24th June, 8th July, 22nd July, 5th August

Free event - ask at Reception for directions

Let's Get Dressed Up Costume Drop-In

Let's Get Dressed Up Costume Drop-In

09 May 2024 13:30 - 09 May 2024 15:30

Join us for some dressing up!

We have some great kid’s friendly costumes for the kids to dress up in this in-service day! A selection of our school and family dressing-up box will be available for Museum visitors young and old to try on. Get into character as a fishwife, fisherlass or fisherman. Drop-In anytime between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

Thursday 9th May 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Free with Museum Admission

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

Newhaven Community Choir Concert

Newhaven Community Choir Concert

19 May 2024 13:45 - 19 May 2024 16:00

Hear the Newhaven Community Choir at the Museum!

We are delighted to be welcoming the Newhaven Community Choir to the Museum for two special performances in our Zulu Gallery. Inspired by our current exhibition 100 Species the Choir will perform a short concert from our Zulu beach. The choir is a community that sings together ‘connecting people and place through the joy of song’.

The Choir was founded in Spring 2014 with funds raised by Duncan Bremner of Citizen Curator. His inspiration was to re-start a choir in Newhaven which was once known for both the singing of both the Newhaven Fishwives Choir and the Fisher Lassies. The choir was started under Jed Milroy’s musical direction and travelled around several locations in Newhaven, combining song, art and spectacle. Newhaven Community Choir is a friendly and informal group and welcome anyone who would like to sing with them. The choir has performed at various events and venues including The National Portrait Gallery, Newhaven Gala Day, and Anstruther’s Dreel Halls.

Sunday 19th May at 1.45pm and 3.15pm

Free Event

Please contact Julia Branch on 01333 310628 or julia@scotfishmuseum.org for more information.

The Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust Ltd
St Ayles, Harbourhead, Anstruther, Fife KY10 3AB
E-mail: enquiries@scotfishmuseum.org
Tel (within UK): 01333 310628
Tel (from outside UK): +44 1333 310628
Charity Number: SC 006185 VAT Reg Number: 270 2790 64
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