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Knitting the Herring: The Eriskay Gansey

Knitting the Herring: The Eriskay Gansey

12 November 2020 7:11 - 12 November 2020

Join Matthew Topsfield at Uist Yarn Studio as he gives an insight into Eriskay gansey knitting. The fisherman’s gansey is made throughout the British Isles, but on the small island of Eriskay in the windswept Outer Hebrides this art reached its peak, richly patterned in traditional and symbolic designs.

Matt will present on the ‘anatomy’ of a gansey, explaining their structure and various parts and the distinctive features of an Eriskay gansey.

An Eriskay inspired chart for the herring pattern is available at and Matt will share and explain the pattern techniques to the group.

You can register for this free zoom event via

The Eriskay Herring in the photo can be found at Grimsay Boat Haven, managed by Grimsay Community Association on Uist:

Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search

Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search

28 October 2020 10:00 - 20 December 2020 15:00

Find Wally in The Scottish Fisheries Museum!

Update: We are extending the Where’s Wally spooky trail to the 20th of December!

This Halloween, Wally, the world’s favourite children’s book character – wearing a red-and-white striped shirt and black-rimmed specs – has been travelling the country, appearing in over 75 museums, including the Scottish Fisheries Museum.

The Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search, organised by Walker Books and Kids in Museums, celebrates the release of the new book, Where’s Wally? Spooky Spotlight Search.

As part of your museum visit, come along and hunt for Wally amongst the collections, spell out a spooky phrase and receive a special “I found Wally!” bookmark, as well as the chance to enter the Where’s Wally? and Kids in Museums grand prize draw competition to win an ArtFund Family Membership and a bundle of Where’s Wally? goodies.

The activity trail has been tailored to fully comply with our social distancing measures - please book your visit in advance. If you prefer not to visit in person, for fun online activities, visit

By Sea, Land and Air: Scottish Fishing Communities and World War II

Open ONLINE: To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, we explore the role played by Scotland’s fishing communities during the Second World War.

Photography Exhibition by Emily Noakes and Caroline MacDonald

To brighten up these weird, wintry days come and enjoy something warming from our tearoom and browse these lovely photos by Emily and Caroline in our Merchant’s Room.



20 December 2020

An online exhibition of knitted herring inspired by the unique knitting heritage of coastal fishing communities of Scotland.

By the Seaside: Heritage, Healing and New Horizons

The role the sea plays in emotional, mental and physical well-being.

Sea Change

Sea Change

10 January 2020

Now open ON-SITE and ONLINE: We look to the future to explore what the seas, and the fishing industry, will be like 50 years from now.

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