After the buzz of summer we revert to winter opening times: History House will be closed Sundays through Jan & Feb and the Museum will be open 11-4pm up to end of March
Hastings is the Nation’s Best Walking Neighbourhood The OHPS played a part in Anthony Slack’s initiative to nominate Hastings Old Town for this Ramblers Association Award having been partly inspired by our tradition of offering free guided walks for 60+years. Together with Anthony and several Old Town residents, Mick Pelling [a Stade Guide and Fishermen’s Museum volunteer] and Anne Scott accompanied the judges and talked about why Hastings Old Town is the best. Notice of the visit was short, it began as a snowy day in February but the sun came out, the hospitality of the FILO, our enthusiasm and the sheer attraction of the Old Town and its wealth of history won the day. We were on the short list of 10. The support of those who signed up to the website and voted was tremendous, Hastings has some great champions. The Award is being presented to HBC on Weds 16th May at 11am in Butlers Gap. We have noticed more people coming to the Old Town, many for the first time. Our Old Town Walk booklet at £3 has been flying off the shelf. Tell your friends and family that they too can enjoy a free Old Town Guided Walk any Tuesday from now until 4th September [donations welcome] Meet 2.30pm at the top of the West Hill Lift.
Leaflets with all dates and Stade Walk dates now available from History House & Fishermen’s Museum. A big thank you to our teams of Volunteer Guides who provide these walks and Erica Barrett and Nona Jackson who recruit, train and organise them. Thanks to HBC for their support.
After a hiccup with our online shop recently, we are pleased to say everything is functioning now and we've added a new book which is on sale at the moment so grab a copy while you still can!
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.
People may be interested to know the conversation recorded by Tush and Toller back in 2012 will be repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra on Sunday 02 April. It will be broadcast twice at 1155 and repeated at 1955.
The museum staff are excited to welcome our new exhibit as seen in this week's Observer. Bob Arrowsmith has spent three months making this detailed model of the Cyril and Lillan Bishop in a bottle complete with soldiers being rescued. Bob told us how he made the model using his own handmade tools. The model can be seen now in our boat making section in the extension. Please come and marvel at the intricate detail. Bob has also donated his handmade tools to the museum and these will shortly also be on display.