Museum calls for fishy exhibits

Clovelly fishing boats

Posted on: 29 May 2015

People with a fishy story to tell or a photo to share about the local fishing industry are being encouraged to come forward for a unique exhibition.

The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon is working on its next exhibition, called Fishtival, with loans coming in from other coastal museums in the region. However, to further help bring the exhibits alive, the museum is looking to interview people who have stories, memories and anecdotes to share about northern Devon’s fishing industry and associated trades.

Museum Development Manager, Alison Mills, says: “The objectives of the exhibition are to raise understanding of local fish and fishing and to celebrate the heritage and culture of fishing communities. In this way there is a hope to strengthen the northern Devon fishing communities to meet future challenges and develop new tourism opportunities.”

The museum is also keen to hear from people who may have a relevant photograph or object that can contribute to the exhibition. For more information, please email anita.nathwani@northdevon.gov.uk or phone 01271 346747.

The exhibition, which is due to open in July, is part financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the EFF: European Fisheries Fund – investing in sustainable fisheries and the Marine Management Organisation.

The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free.

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