November Covid-19 Update

We’ve so enjoyed having our doors open again, (even though it was a bit drafty and wet at times 😆) so we’re really sad to have to close them again for the new lockdown. Remember you can contact us any way except by phone. And if you wanted to pick up something check out our Website shop which includes our Blue Stevens calendars and Christmas Cards printed by local company Judge Sampson. If you can’t see what you want then drop us an email at and we can sort it out for you.
We aim to open the first weekend of December. 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

History House reopening

Inside History House

Put August 1st in your diaries! From 1st August to 9th August the doors will be open from 11am to 4pm everyday as it will be Old Town Carnival Week. There will be an exhibition from the Hastings Local History group ‘Artists in Hastings’ and Bygone of Hastings Carnivals

We are opening 18th July 2pm-5pm!


We are finally opening this Saturday, 18th July and Sunday 19th July 2pm-5pm. Please come and support us, we need you!


We’re Good To Go which means you can be certain that the Hastings Fishermen’s Museum is following government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. 

Your visit to the museum will be a little different at the moment while we work through this transition period.  

  • For the time being access to the boat will be restricted 
  • And our film corner won’t be live to prevent people gathering in that small area. However we have made these available to watch on our website 

We have implemented a few changes around the museum to help make your visit as comfortable as possible for you and for our staff:

  • Firstly, we ask, please postpone your visit if you have any symptoms of a cough, sneezing or generally feeling unwell, however mild (Please follow this link for further information
  • We will ask you to wait at the door before entering 
  • Speak to a member of staff to complete a track and trace form* and sanitize hands
  • For everyone’s convenience please follow the floor markings and direction arrows
  • Please use the hand sanitizer provided around the museum
  • There is a Perspex screen at the shop counter 
  • And finally please be kind to staff as these are not our restrictions, they are in place to protect us all and keep this much loved attraction open.

Other than those few things, everything is the same! Everything has been deep cleaned, the floor has been painted and Enterprise has been spruced up to make her last for many more years to come. In short, the museum looks amazing, please come and see us!!

*We would like to record your details to support NHS Test and Trace. This information will only be used where necessary to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The information will be held securely on this form in the office and will be shredded after the required 21 days.

GDPR allows us to request contact information from staff and visitors and share it with NHS Test and Trace to support public health and safety. It will not be used for other purposes, including marketing, profiling, analysis or other purposes unrelated to contact tracing.

A few photos to show how we’re looking.


Covid-19 UPDATE

Hello! We hope you are all safe and well.  THERE is much excitement here!! The gears are grinding into action behind the scenes. We’re just waiting for a few safety measures to be put in place before we can open. As with everywhere, your visit will be a different experience but we are trying to keep things as ‘normal’ as we can. There will be a 2 metre social distancing rule and please, no touching.
We are working towards flinging the museum doors open on Saturday 18th July and Sunday 19th July from 2-5pm then every weekend until we are on our feet but check our social media for up to date information.

The History House is working towards a date for opening so watch this space.

Please come and support us and all our local friends. We need you!
Look out for added stock as the weeks go by on our website so you can shop from the safety of your home.  You can support us by buying from our shop or by making contactless donations in the museum, (we will still accept) cash or by PayPal Donation button

The archives will unavailable for the foreseeable future but if you would like virtual access then please email us or message the page and we’ll see what we can do.

We are all looking forward to seeing all of you soon!!

Jack in the Green 2020

Regulars will know that traditionally this weekend would have seen the Jack released from the museum but of course due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control this wasn’t possible but a virtual event was put together and you can their success here: Hastings Traditional Jack in the Green

Well done everyone involved! See you next year!

And we’ve posted some photos on Facebook from 2007