Scottish Fisheries Museum

Scottish Fisheries Museum

The Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther devised an inspirational way to reacquaint visitors and local residents with its heritage by creating installations in unusual venues.

As part of the “Home from the Sea” exhibition, the museum invited a team of Cellardyke households from three historic streets to join with them in selecting a favoured object or photograph from their collections and exhibiting it in their house. The photographs took the form of large illuminated duratrans in house windows. 

Each participating household acted as community curators, storytellers and exhibition hosts in a walking exhibition that began at the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther and ended at Cellardyke Harbour.

Museum Director Simon Hayhow says: “We wanted to help the participants find out more about their houses and the people who have lived there and discover all sorts of connections between stories from the homes and families and the many objects in our very diverse museum collection.

“Home from the Sea" proved a highly innovative and engaging way for the Scottish Fisheries Museum to work with the local community and visitors to the town. On a dark, cold winter night we welcomed visitors to explore the illuminated trail in a string of unique exhibition experiences, with a few surprises along the way!”