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A Fisherman’s Tale DVD

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An exciting film about a daring rescue! (Is played on a continual loop at the museum along with the Hastings Fishermen 2015 DVD which is also available)

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Christmas Cards 2023

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PLEASE EMAIL HASTINGSFISHERMENSMUSEUM@GOOGLEMAIL.COM OR PHONE 01424461446 IF YOU’D LIKE ANY PUT ASIDE

In 2023 we are excited to announce a collaboration with artist Heather Stuart (www.heatherstuart.co.uk) for our Christmas Cards this year and we’ve had them printed, as usual, by Judges.co.uk.

There are two wonderful designs: ‘Gold, Frankincense and Mackerel’ and ‘Santa’s Little Helpers’ ©Heather Stuart 2023

Available from our website, the Fishermen’s Museum or Hastings History House.

The message inside is ‘Seasons Greetings’ and you get 4 of each design in each pack of 8 for £4.25

The other design is 'Santa's Little Helpers' ©Heather Stuart 2023
‘Gold, Frankincense and Mackerel’ ©Heather Stuart 2023

‘Santa’s Little Helpers’ ©Heather Stuart 2023

 

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Santa’s Little Helpers

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Fishermen of Hastings by Steve Peak

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The only full history of one of Britain’s oldest fishing communities. This book not only gives the history of the community but the people and boats. A very useful book for researching and for interest. 160 pages.

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Hastings Old Town Walk

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This booklet gives a brief introduction to the history of the town and will the aid of a map and many illustrations suggests a route for exploring the ancient town and port of Hastings.
With a wealth of historic buildings and many artistic and literary connections, Hastings Old Town is well worth a visit and this makes an ideal guide. Published in 2014. Price £3.50, 34 pages and a map.

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Hastings Pier The History – A Pier Without a Peer by Steve Peak

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This is a stunning hard-backed book packed with a plethora of colour and black and white photographs, with everything you need to know about the colourful history of this pier. Includes a chapter by Andre Palfrey-Martin on the music the pier hosted over the years.

“A Pier Without a Peer te1ls the story of this remarkable and much-loved structure, from drilling of the first pile in December 1869, to the ‘official’ re-opening of the gates, following a major restoration project, in 2015.”
Hardback book with colour photographs 304 pages, H 25.5cm x W 20cm

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Loving the Fishing by Beatrice Cole

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Perspectives on the lives of women of the Hastings fishing community; this is memories and views from voices not usually heard.
Published in 2004 it is based on interviews collected by Beatrice in 1994.
Price £3.50, 33 pages.

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Make a Model of the Famous Fishermen’s Net Shops

A4 booklet with 12 pages of information about the Net shops and includes make your own model.

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Poems by Eliza Veness

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Eliza Veness was married to fisherman James Veness in 1855 and had 12 children. This volume is a complete collection of her poems. They reflect on the hard-ships they endured and her strong commitment to the church. Some refer to actual events.
Published in 2013 by The Hastings Fishermen’s Museum Price. Price £4, 70 pages

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Pushing The Boat Out

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A children’s book written by the late Sandra Collins who worked at the museum for many years.
Tells the tale of the Enterprise RX278 on a magic trip to the Isles of Scilly

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Still Alive and Still Kicking – The Life & Times of Tush Hamilton

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This book is lavishly illustrated with Tush’s own drawings and photographs from his private collection as well as the museum archive. He not only tells his own story but that of the lives and times of the Hasting Fishing Fleet populated with much loved characters that Tush grew up with. You will love this if you’re local or interested in fishing or history.
Published in 2016. 204 pages.

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Sullivan’s War by Andy Clancy

“A gripping historical adventure in the months leading up to the infamous Grand Attack”  by local author Adam Clancy

“Defending Gibraltar from the might of the Spanish and French forces will stretch Sergeant Tom Sullivan to his limits. But if anyone can withstand the siege from land and sea throughout 1781 it is the Irish veteran of the American War of independence.”

Paperback 99 pages

 

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The America Ground Hastings by Steve Peak

The America Ground: 8 1/2 acres of Hastings town centre that in the early nineteenth century was an open section of beach, apparently beyond boundary and with no obvious owner…until they were all evicted by the government in 1835. This is the well researched story of that beach, which almost became ‘independent’ of the ancient town, but ultimately played a crucial role in expanding the old fishing port into a modern seaside resort.
Supported by Historic England and Trinity Triangle Hastings

Published by the History Press 2021 159 pages Size A5

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The Arethusa Voyage – An Emigrant’s Diary

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This booklet is the account of Charlotte Couchman’s actual diary she kept in 1879.

The following is a reader’s response after reading the diary which gives a flavour of the stories that lie within these pages::

“A very interesting and moving diary. What a journey emigration to New Zealand and Australia was in those days, however much you were favoured and however much you’d paid, as Charlotte herself remarks of those aboard who had paid the full sum.  People today who think of travel endurance to the Antipodes as 28 hours on a plane, with interim breaks, have no idea what endurance really meant.  ‘Another Sabbath on the sea, and I begin to feel quite weary of the Journey.’  This account is particularly interesting as that of a woman who didn’t really want to emigrate, but went for her family’s sake, yet a family – at least, Charlie and his wife – who seem to have paid her little regard or taken her for granted, leaving her sustained only by the duty she felt towards her grandchildren, a duty she carried out in spite of her aversion to ‘nursing and all that dragging about’ when her daughter-in-law was ill. 

 

Did you notice how odd are certain things Charlotte doesn’t think to mention till well into the voyage, like the number of Catholics aboard, the number of Scotch, Irish and so on, not the sort you’d choose to mix with, I think she writes, but we (Christians) must all get on.  Strange going-on too.  The Dead Horse, with the sailors riding it round the deck, then hoisting it up to the yard arm and setting it on fire.  Charlotte seems curiously unperturbed by this boisterous, not to say dangerous, stunt.  Or was the dead horse no such thing, but some customary antic with a dummy that simply bore the name?  When the young woman with consumption dies and is presumably ‘thrown overboard’, as Charlotte writes of the fate of the dead twin babies, she

concludes her account of the piteous effect on the girl’s mother and brothers with the sentence ‘We were surrounded by sharks yesterday all day’; did her observation signify what it would to us, or was it just a co-incidental observation?  When the Arethusa is shadowed by the albatross –  ‘they are splendid birds’  –   and the sailors start catching them, skinning them and discarding their bodies, it was perhaps a relief that Charlotte knew nothing of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. 
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The Ridge by Stephanie Reardon

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One of the oldest trackways in Hastings and St Leonards, the Ridge would have been used by William the Conqueror on his way to the battle field of Senlac. The track developed with grand Victorian villas and the spread of urbanisation. Sadly today the imposing Victorian architecture has nearly all been replaced by modern blocks of flats and apartments. This book tells that story.
Reprint 2022 – Published in 2014. Price £15.00, 109 pages.

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Tote Bag

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These tote bags are roomy and strong made for us by Judge Sampson Limited

The dimensions are: Height 41cm x Width 37cm and a side expansion of 10.5cm! 

 

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Twittens, Passages and Steps by Brian Lawes

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An illustrated guide to exploring Old Hastings. This map and guide will help you find your way around the area. Published by Hastings History House 2010, 20 pages.

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Voices from the Hastings Stade

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A collection of oral histories from those involved in the Hastings Fishing Industry edited by staff at Hastings Fishermen’s Museum. Well illustrated, this gives a unique glimpse into the lives of this very special community.
Published in 2012. 198 pages.

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