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Christmas Cards 2023

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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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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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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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NEW – Coasters featuring the artwork of Tracy Konyu

New and exclusive to the Fishermen’s Museum from artist Tracy Konyu. Price is £5 for one.

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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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If you would like a copy of this book please contact the History House 01424 424744 or by email ohpscontact@gmail.com

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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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