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New display on Fishermen at War opens

28 November 2017

To commemorate fishermen and their role in wartime, on Saturday the 11th of November, the Scottish Fisheries Museum opened its new gallery which tells the story of fisher folk and the fishing industry during wartime. Fishermen and their industry were deeply vulnerable to the naval actions of the war and many fishermen served and lost their lives during times of conflict.

The gallery, funded my Museums Galleries Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund, tells the story of the way in which conflict has affected fisher folk and the fishing industry. The items on display in the gallery include a possessions box made by a young boy from a Cellardyke fishing family when he signed up for war in 1914, clothing made for an Anstruther fisherman who served in the Arctic Convoys and a letter from the Napoleonic Wars relinquishing a fisherman from Naval duties so that he could continue to fish.

The gallery also houses the Anstruther British Legion Memorial from which, with help from volunteers and the local community, a short biography of each person named on the board has been gathered. For the first time these stories have been brought together in one place, and they are told in a new in-gallery digital interactive.

This new gallery opened after a poignant Armistice Day service, led by Rev Arthur Christie, at 11am on the 11th of November. These events commemorated the 99th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War. The service included a re-dedication of the British Legion Memorial to local individuals who died as a result of the First and Second World Wars.

The wreath bearers for the event were: David Corner (SFM Chairman), Allan H McLelland BEM (Royal British Legion) and Elizabeth Stormonth (SFM Volunteer)

Source: Scottish Fisheries Museum, 16 November 2017

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