Hastings Fishermen’s Museum is taking part in The Lost Words Trail! Can you and your family find the lost words hidden around Hastings? The Lost Words Trail is a great way to get outside, spend time as a family and have fun exploring the town this summer. Inspired by The Lost Words: A Spell Book by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, Get Hastings Reading has brought the book’s beautiful lost words and artwork to Hastings. Use The Lost Words Trail leaflet gethastingsreading.org.uk to walk the trail, collecting the lost words and answering the questions as you go. Complete the trail and enter the competition for a chance to win a prize. You can do the trail again and again as it is open from now until the end of August.
We will be remembering the loss of the fishing boat Pioneer and three crew on the 1st April 1949 on this the 70th anniversary of the tragedy. We have a two board exhibition in our extension covering the story.
Dennis needs help to be able to open on some Sundays – do you have a few hours to spare on a Sunday? If so please contact History House 01424 424744, email@example.com
Our opening hours are dependant on there being volunteers to staff. In cases of sickness we may have to close. The History House will be closed Sundays in Jan. & Feb but the worry is it will have to close for the foreseeable future Sundays… unless help can be found…
A new video has been added to our History of Fishing videos. This one features Jim ‘Toller’ Adams, who sadly passed away a few weeks ago, making a net sail. Enjoy. https://www.ohps.org.uk/net-making-the-hastings-way/
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.
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.