Fishermen's Museum

Rock-a-Nore Road, HASTINGS, East Sussex, TN34 3DW

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Fishermen's Museum

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The museum is housed in a former church (dedicated to St Nicholas) which was built on the beach in 1854 to serve the local fishing community.  It operated as a church until 1930 but was turned into a museum in 1956 by the Old Hastings Preservation Society.

It looks after one of the famous net huts next to the building where you can also find the Edward and Mary which, in 1919, became the first locally-built fishing boat to be installed with an engine, and The Valiant, which was built in Newhaven in 1953 and worked from Hastings until 1999.  On the beach in front of the boats is an anchor dating from Napoleonic times.

Exhibits in the museum include model ships and boats, fishing gear, historic paintings and photographs illustrating the Hastings fishing industry.

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Guide Prices

Free but donations welcome; prebooking required for groups - 40 maximum group size.

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Recent Reviews:

  • helenh567
    Driffield, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Ahoy sailor!
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 12th June 2022
    Nice place to visit while in the area. You get a real feel of what it must have been like fishing here, especially after walking through the Nets. Pictures, artifacts and the like build the picture... Read full review
  • Stuart W
    Jamestown, United Kingdom
    An interesting little museum.
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 2nd July 2022
    We visited this interesting little museum partly to get out of the sun for a while. Nice a lot of different exhibits and it's free. Read full review
  • ShaunH290
    London, United Kingdom
    Something will Catch your Eye!
    3 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 2nd July 2022
    Just along the shore road from the Shipwreck Museum, it is entirely different. Displayed in a disused church (chapel of ease), the museum was created to house the last remaining clinker-built sailing... Read full review

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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Opening Times

Fishermen's Museum (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00

Events

Thursday, 11th August 2022 - Thursday, 11th August 2022

Tuesday, 16th August 2022 - Tuesday, 16th August 2022

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Saturday, 15th October 2022 - Saturday, 15th October 2022

print of historic hastings with net huts in background and fishsellersOriginal OHPS Old Town WalksGuides from the Old Hastings Preservation Society reveal the hidden histories of Hastings.
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Friday, 9th September 2022 - Friday, 9th September 2022

Friday, 16th September 2022 - Friday, 16th September 2022

Saturday, 17th September 2022 - Sunday, 18th September 2022

Saturday, 8th October 2022 - Sunday, 9th October 2022

Watercolour and ink print of large fishing boat in front of castle like building on a clifftopStade Historic Fishing Quarter Guided WalksExplore Hastings' historic fishing quarter with the Old Town Preservation Society.
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Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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