Newsletter – Spring 2021

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Thankfully the days are getting longer and it is indeed uplifting to see the sun at last. We have the Spring Newsletter for you. It was written before the Government’s Road Map was revealed and we are delighted to see that it’s possible our doors could be open again in May! It’s such a long since we’ve seen you all so we’re looking forward to seeing you! Stay safe and see you in May!

Updates for 2021

Happy new year to you all and welcome to 2021! Unfortunately not much different to 2020 so far as we’re all in lockdown but here’s hoping that our doors will be open for summer! 

We have not planned a Walk schedule for either the Old Town or Stade Walks. We will wait until life after lockdown is clearer. 

Don’t forget you can visit our online shop or email us, we may take a little longer but we are here. Christmas cards are still available for £3 for a pack of 8 cards as well as other wonderful products.

Stay safe and we’ll let you know when we can open again safely. 

Merry Christmas and wishes for a better 2021!

Hastings is now in tier 4. This means we have to close the museum again. We’re still around online, you can email us, you can buy from our shop via the website (if you know we sell something and you can’t see it just drop us an email) you can even make donations via the PayPal button. 

This has been devastating news for us, and all of Hastings, after having some of the lowest numbers of Covid-19 cases in the country. We were really enjoying welcoming our visitors back in a Covid safe way and thank each of you for adapting to the new ways. 

We are looking at opening our doors again by February 2021 – keep checking our social media. Until then please keep in touch, stay safe and have the best Christmas and New Year that you can. Best wishes from all the museum team!

Celebrate Christmas 2020 with Us!

We wish you all a Merry Christmas!
We are making the service available from Christmas Eve at midday until the end of Christmas Day so you can sing along to all great carols as you prepare for the big day.

As our regulars will know, on the Friday before Christmas the Fishermen’s Museum usually hosts a Carol Service. This is always a well attended evening with mulled wine, mince pies and plenty of singing! We always enjoy this special evening and know that this tradition is important to many of you in the Old Town. 

Because this year has been ‘different’ we had to get our thinking caps on…  we discussed all different ways we could bring a live event to you safely and decided it wasn’t really an option this year. So we fell back on our archive and discovered this gem from the year 2000! A touching snippet of nostalgia for seeing out a rough year.


 Back in 2000 this Carol Service was recorded on video tape then transferred to DVD so please forgive the wobbles and the less than HD sound quality! We wonder if any of you can spot yourselves? Let us know if you do! There is a downloadable order of service from that year so you know what is going on. You can also pick up a printed version from the museum.  Let’s celebrate Christmas 2020 together!

Printing Version -Carol-Service-2000

Viewing Version of Carol Service 2000

Please help us by donating any amount you can, we really do appreciate your support.


The year 2000 was also significant for us as we had the, then, newly commissioned millennium stained glass  panel by Alan Wright installed, celebrating fishing and its community and St Nicholas the patron saint of fishermen, sailors and shipping.

December Covid-19 Update

After a month of lockdown the museum and History House can open their doors again! The museum from Sat 5th Dec and History House from Thurs 3rd Dec.
We are so looking forward to seeing all our visitors again. Don’t forget to come and see us and pick up your Christmas cards and gifts. 
History House have a very large selection of books for your Christmas gift needs!
Don’t worry if you can’t get down, a lot of our stock is available in our online shop but if you can’t see what you want then drop us an email at and we can add it on for you. 
We will be open weekends in December and the whole week of 28th December to 3rd January. Beyond that is uncertain but we will keep you updated. Stay safe and thank you all for the continued support and familiar faces ❤️

Newsletter – September 2020

Seems a long time since we’ve had a Newsletter from the OHPS due to the enforced closures of the Fishermen’s Museum and the History House. Both are now open but with reduced hours so please do check the website and social media for the current opening times as they are changing from month to month and are subject to change at short notice.

As the winter draws closer we need our wonderful visitors to support us. Our usual Christmas cards and Blue Stevens calendar are available from the Museum, History House and our online shop, along with other gifts and souvenirs. Please contact us or for further info or help

Sadly there are no events to announce but lots of interesting goings on which can be viewed in the newsletter below.

Some highlights:  Wonderful photos from carnivals in the past on page 2 and page 3 shares interesting transcribing work Anne has been doing during the lockdown months on the coastguard records from 1931-1970. Click on the Newsletter below for more!


Please click on the links below to view all four of the Newsletter pages. September page 1   September page 2 September Page 3 September page 4    

 The Museum was bequeathed a new watercolour
by W.H. Borrow recently which is a welcome addition. We will be hanging soon, watch this space…

As we were unable to take people on guided walks for Heritage Open Days we explored the theme of Hidden Nature and discovered many links in our area that we hope people may not have known about and discover these places with us via PowerPoint. 

If you enjoyed any of these please help support us by donating via our button on the Welcome page. Thank you. 

Heritage Open Days 2020 – Hidden Nature PowerPoint Presentation


If you have enjoyed this presentation for Heritage Open Days, and you are able, please support us in these uncertain times

Thank you.

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Museum Openings

We are pleased to announce we are able to open October half term week every afternoon! Thank you to everyone who has supported us and we hope to see old and new visitors! 

We have been opening at the weekends and we are pleased to say we have been fairly busy and it’s been lovely to hear a buzz in the museum after such a long time. Of course with the Covid-19 restrictions we are only allowed 27 at any one time but everything is flowing nicely. We would like to thank all of our visitors who have happily worked with us in implementing the ‘new normal’ in the museum and being understanding about the added restriction of having to wear face coverings at all times  in museums. We ourselves wear clear visors at all times . We hope the choice of using these visors makes your visit more enjoyable as you can see our mouths whilst we talk to you. We hope to see many more of you coming through our doors in the coming weeks and months!

Thank you all for the overwhelming support we have received. 

Temporary External Exhibition – Bringing the Inside Out

 As our opening hours are brief at the moment and we haven’t been able to create a new exhibition for you this year we have decided to make this previous exhibition available externally. 

If you’ve enjoyed viewing please consider making a donation, for any amount, even a £1!

Thank you everyone for supporting us in these difficult times. We hope we can return to some kind of proper normal soon.

Hastings Old Town Carnival Week

Old Town Carnival Week begins 1st August and like everything this year, it is going to be a little different but will still be fun!! So please support! The OHPS  have two ‘live’ walks, BOOKINGS ONLY details are here: History House opens with a new exhibition