September 2021

Wow! What a summer it’s been! It’s been wonderful to see all our visitors, new and old, through our doors and supporting us by donating and buying gifts.

Even though the summer holidays are over, we’re having wonderful sunshine and there’s plenty to see and do. There are still guided walks until October. All details here; OHPS Original Guided Walks – Old Hastings Preservation Society

We have new stock in including Art cards and magnets by local artist Tracey Konyu; Steve Peak’s latest book The America ground; Senlac Jack by Adrian Bowd and we have Blue Stevens 2022 calendar in stock for £8

We look forward to seeing you all soon!

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 ❤️

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.

Winter News!

As winter draws in and the nights get darker and yet more rain falls on us don’t forget the museum and history house will be opening. Check out our opening times on the home page. The museum will change to 11am- 4pm from 1st November.

There are a few events coming up so check out the events page here:

Have you checked out the museum and History House shops for gift ideas? Some gifts can be purchased through the website here:

The last Stade Walks of the season are 23rd & 24th November @ 11am contact details here: