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Scottish Fisheries Museum Turns 50

Scottish Fisheries Museum Turns 50 – National Museum, The Scottish Fisheries Museum is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and has a whole year packed with fun events coming up. Running from the 4th July 2019 until July 2020. We will have events spanning the entirety of the year for all ages to enjoy.Scottish Fisheries Museum Turns 50

Join us as we celebrate the last 50 years of the Museum and look forward into the future of the Museum, Anstruther and the fishing industry.

Our 50th will launch on the 4th of July with the return of our beloved boat Reaper. Reaper will be escorted by up to 50 other boats in a large flotilla from Rosyth back to her home in Anstruther. We will also be working with organisations in and out of the community to offer a variety of events in an extensive programme with something on almost every week.

The Programme – Background and Content

The Scottish Fisheries Museum first opened its doors on the 4th of July1969. Opened by documentary maker, Dr John Grierson, it set out to celebrate the rich heritage of Scotland’s fishing industry. Anstruther was chosen as the location as it was, at one-point Scotland’s most thriving fishing port. At the time of establishment, the fishing business in Anstruther was starting to dwindle and there was concern that the way of life would disappear without any trace or recognition.Scottish Fisheries Museum Turns 50

Being based in Anstruther did, at stages, make it more difficult for the Museum to be recognised on a national scale. However, in recent years we have become part of a partnership of national industrial museums in Scotland (IMS) and our collections are formally recognised as being of national significance by the Scottish Government.

The Museum has come a long way in the last 50 years which is why this programme of events to celebrate the 50th is of national importance. It will help us thank the local community, fishermen from around Scotland and of course the volunteers and staff that have kept the museum running over the last 50 years and helped us draw visitors from all over the world.