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We look forward to welcoming you to the museum. Below is an outline of the different activities and workshops we offer. If you don’t see an activity linked to your class topic please get in touch, as we are happy to tailor your visit and make adaptions. If you cannot come to the museum we can come to you!

To discuss your visit further please email Julia Branch our Learning and Engagement Officer or call 01333 310628.

Workshop Themes

We have a number of themed staff-led workshops which are suitable for secondary school classes. These include:

Social Studies

Fishing Past and Present (S1-S3)

Sustainable Fishing (S1-S3)


Boatbuilding (S1-S3)


Scotland’s Industrial Heritage: The Fishing Industry and the ‘Venus’ Disaster (S1-S3)

Scotland’s Fishing Industry: WW1 (S1-S3)

Scotland’s Fishing Industry: WW2 (S1-S3)

Source Analysis Masterclass (S4-6)

Click on the workshop topic to find out more

Tour Options

We offer a tour of the museum with our workshops but are happy to deliver these separately. Museum tours can last between 40 – 90 minutes depending on your group’s needs.

School group in Fisherman's Loft

School group in Fisherman's Loft

  • GUIDED TOURS - have one of our knowledgeable volunteer guides accompany you on a general tour of the museum. Tours can be tailored to suit the topic being studied.
  • SELF-GUIDED TOUR - this option allows teachers the flexibility to create their own experience in the galleries supported by our Educational Resources.

Follow Up Activities

  • MUSEUM HANDLING BOXES - investigate selected museum objects. Topics cover ‘WWII’, ‘The Fishermen’s Cottage’ and ‘The Fisherlasses’.

  • DRAWING FROM THE PAST - return to your favourite gallery and spend some time studying objects in detail. Drawing materials available if booked in advance.

  • SAFETY AT SEA - combine your visit to the museum with a visit to the local RNLI station. Take a tailored museum tour including our unique ‘Memorial room’, then learn about the importance of the RNLI volunteers in supporting fishermen and other people who go to sea. Topics which can be incorporated into the tour are navigational instru­ments, equipment and clothing, communication, folklore and superstition, lighthouses, lifesaving and rescue.

Call Roger Grundy at Anstruther Lifeboat Station on 01333 310526 to book a visit to the RNLI station as part of your visit to the museum

Pre and Post Visit Activities

Our handling boxes and fact sheets can be used to prepare for your visit, or to follow up on your visit to the museum. More information on handling boxes can be found on our resources page.

To book your visit, please see our planning a visit page

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