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!

August 2021 Update

We hope this update reaches you in good health. 

Old Town Carnival Week was officially opened this morning with the flag being hoisted and festivities could get under way. 

The OHPS are hosting various events through the week and running their usual Old Town and Stade Walks. Unfortunately the Lost Roads and Lost Pubs East & West tickets have now all sold out.  You can get an online programme here:

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our visitors and supporters since our doors reopened in May. It’s been wonderful to see so many of you come through the doors at the museum and the History House. 

Lastly, we are very pleased to be selling Steve Peak’s new book The America Ground in the museum, History House and also from our online shop

That just leaves us to say, have a fabulous Old Town Week, stay safe and see you soon! 

Doors Opening 17th May!

Anyone who has been down to Rock-a-Nore will have noticed activity around the museum. The Valiant RX90, in our external exhibition space, has been diligently worked on by a dedicated volunteer. We are very grateful for all his hard work and care in restoring this beautiful boat. You can see the result in these photos. 

We are aiming to reopen our doors on the 17th May. An auspicious date as the Fishermen’s Church, the Church of St. Nicholas, reopened as a museum in 1956.

Times and final details will be confirmed nearer the time. We will really see you soon!! 

Old Town Carnival Week 2021

There is every possibility Old Town Carnival Week will be able to go ahead this year  with the usual great variety of events. It will be different to a ‘normal’ OTCW and we’ll know more nearer the time. 

For the time being we will carry on as normal.

Below is a form for completion to have an entry in the programme.  If you are a business and would like an advert in the programme this year please contact Anne Scott at in the first instance.

We will let you know any information as it comes to us.


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.

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. 

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