Explore the fascinating forgotten stories of Scottish whaling through the Scottish Fisheries Museum’s imaginative new gallery display and events programme.
For Scotland’s Year of Stories, the Scottish Fisheries Museum explores the fascinating forgotten stories of Scottish whaling through an imaginative new gallery display and events programme – inviting visitors to make a deeper connection with the subject matter.
Although brutal and exploitative, the whaling industry responded to a need for resources in 18th century Scotland and a vibrant culture was generated around it. The main narrative of the exhibition will align Anstruther and the museum’s building with the background of the wider story of Scottish whaling. Renowned whaling artist Caroline Hack will bring aspects of this story to life through her bespoke textile art and handmade books, echoing the crafts and logs undertaken on long whaling voyages in the past.
There will be an opportunity to ‘Meet the Artist’ during the exhibition’s opening weekend, 2 – 4 September, and a craft session for children inspired by Caroline’s art will be offered on 1 September. And don’t miss an afternoon performance of traditional whaling songs with folk musicians Peter Shepheard and Arthur Watson on 10 September.