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:


Do you have any spare time to help at the History House?

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,


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…

New video uploaded

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.

Two Exhibitions at Hastings History House Jan 2019

Hastings: Hotbed of Women’s Emancipation – “Miss Matters wasn’t the only suffragette locally – it was something of a hotbed for the movement.” (Pamela Haines)


Unseen Hastings – Pictures from private collections

Open Thurs to Sat 11-4pm throughout January


Did you know Hastings won Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood 2018?

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.

Online Shop

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!


Reading of Eliza Veness’ poem ‘Toilers of the Deep

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.