Technical Hitch

We are experiencing problems with our online shop so it's been removed from the menu for the time being. We are working on it but if you wanted to order something in the meantime please contact the Fishermen's Museum on 01424 461446 or hastingsfishermensmuseum@googlemail.com

Reading of Eliza Veness’ poem ‘Toilers of the Deep

We had the very great pleasure of speaking to Marie Gillooly of the Roscommon Solstice Choir, some time ago. She wanted to use Toilers of the Deep by Eliza Veness in a memorial service. (Please click this  Link to their Facebook page for the full story.) Fergus Sweeney very kindly sent us this link to the video  Toilers of the Deep Video We feel this poem reaches across time and place and is as relevant now as it was 100 years ago when Eliza originally wrote it.

Copyright remains with Eliza Veness/Hastings Fishermen's Museum for the poem and Copyright remains with Fergus Sweeney for the video. Please ask permission before you share.


New Stereo Card Viewer imminent

UPDATE! It's here! The prototype viewer is here! Come and see these stereo cards in glorious digital 3D!



For those that have been delighted with Peter Creswell’s amazing  3D viewer, we have been given exciting news! Peter has been quietly developing  a new viewer which will have images on a loop instead of just one image. For those who haven’t seen the Stereograph why not pop in and see for yourself. Also have a look on our website  for more about stereo cards and the history behind them  http://www.ohps.org.uk/viewing-stereo-photographs/ 

We do need more images though. Jim Breeds of the Hastings And Area Past and Present Facebook page put an appeal on his page recently:

“Do you have any stereo cards of Hastings? Can you lend them to the Fishermen's Museum to be scanned to be included in their stereo card exhibition? The Museum is very close to getting a new viewer for their stereographic photos which will display them on a loop. Peter Creswell has worked very hard on their behalf to construct this new facility and they would love to enlarge their collection of stereo images. Please search your attics or cellars or drawers for any stereographic images of Hastings that you may have! As an example, below is one of my stereo images, entitled Selling Fish at Auction, Hastings from 1908 which I lent to the Museum previously and features in their current exhibition. They really come to life when you look at them in a viewer and I highly recommend a trip to the Museum. Please visit or contact the Museum if you can help.”

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing and outdoor

The New Hastings Tapestry–apologies for late posting–you only have a week!


Celebrating the people of Hastings 2016. A new ‘tapestry’ of 950 panels is being commissioned to represent the people of Hastings. It will be displayed in St Clement’s Church in the Old Town to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings – and you can be a part of this inspirational project from St Clements.

Join in this unique new art work: you will dress your panel as yourself – and
together the panels will create a rich tapestry showing the people of
Hastings 2016. We are aiming to make 950 panels. Each completed
panel will form part of the sewn collage.

For more information contact 01424 422242, email office@oldtownparish.org.uk or see the Hastings 950 Tapestry Facebook page.

St Mary in the Castle – ***EXHIBIT OPENING***

1066: A Medieval Mosaic 13th August – 28th October 10am – 5pm
Please note the Cafe is currently open for coffee and drinks

1066: A Medieval Mosaic opens this Saturday in our Crypt Gallery.
Comprised of 3,000,000 pieces of spring steel the Medieval Mosaic holds the
Guinness World Record as the largest steel mosaic.

The exhibition will hang in our gallery until October 28th.
                              Entry is by donation.

Temporary Exhibit

Bob Arrowsmith (the museum has a large collection of his boats in bottles) has borrowed his Cyril & Lilian Bishop Dunkirk boat in a bottle scene for a competition: we hope he wins!

He has left us this in replacement which is not a Hastings lifeboat but a wonderful example of his work.