Help to expand the harbour heritage

Volunteer Reaper crew
Volunteer Reaper crew
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ONE of the East Neuk’s proudest and most prestigious visitor attractions is seeking new
volunteers.

The Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther has ambitious plans for future development and hopes to expand its voluntary workforce by asking new and old friends to take on a variety of roles.

The harbour front premises have an ongoing marketing campaign, aimed at increasing visitor numbers, and new fund-raising projects aimed at supporting exciting new developments.

The Museum’s displays cover virtually every aspect of the Scottish fishing industry and community, both at sea and on shore.

The variety and beauty of old fishing boats are shown in its models and original vessels, including the Reaper and White Wing, which still go to sea, while social history is explored via personal possessions, textiles, domestic equipment and artworks.

David Corner, chairman of the Museum Trust, said: “There aren’t many towns as small as Anstruther which host a national museum, and not many success stories which have been so much the result of the enormous efforts of the large number of local volunteers who run our shop and ticket office, assist our curators in preparing exhibitions as well as maintaining the web site and helping out with repairs.”

Tasks for new volunteers could involve organising the overall effort, arranging and circulating mailings, liaising with tourist operators, conducting visitor surveys, enhancing the Museum’s presence on the web and in social media, planning and organising fund-raising activities, or recognising the contributions of patrons.

In addition, there are opportunities to receive training as a visitor guide or to organise and develop educational outreach.

“Furthermore, help is needed with technical jobs around the Museum, involving electrical, painting and joinery work, dealing with contractors or just providing a willing pair of hands,” added Mr Corner.

Enthusiasm and willingness to learn, plus a desire to contribute to a community-based national museum are the main qualities needed, and enquiries can be directed to Simon Hayhow (director) or Linda Fitzpatrick (curator) on 01333 310628 or at simon@scotfishmuseum.org or at (linda@scotfishmuseum.org.

You can also go to the ‘Support Us’ section of the Museum’s website www.scotfishmuseum.org to find the ‘contact form’ under ‘Become a Volunteer’.