Out Of The Blue At Dumfries Museum

The “Out of the Blue – Solway Seafood” exhibition opens at Dumfries Museum on Saturday 25 June.


The exhibition takes visitors on a journey through time to discover the story of people who have fished the Solway coast, the traditional methods employed and the changes that have taken place. Objects relating to Young’s Seafood, a local business which has just celebrated its 70th anniversary, have been kindly loaned by Rene Anderson. Other unusual items of historic fishing equipment are also on show including a razor clam harpoon and limpet hammers!


A collection of short films created by Pathe News from 1918 to the 1960s are on show alongside the exhibition. These include a short film called “Solway Fishing” dating from 1942. The only person named in the commentary is Tom Percival. The museum would love to hear from anyone who can identify the other men who feature in the film.


The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 2-5pm. Drop in fun family activities accompanying the exhibition include a magnetic fishing pond, a fishy gallery trail, quizzes and colouring sheets.


Councillor Tom McAughtrie, Chair of Communities Committee said:


“It is good to see that Dumfries Museum is hosting a display about the proud history of fishing around our coastline.”


On Thursday 30 June, 6.30 – 8pm Nic Coombey of Solway Firth Partnership will give a talk at the museum entitled “Fishy Tales”. He will tell the story of people’s ingenuity from 10,000 years ago to the modern day. Using real objects related to fishing on the Solway, the talk will bring to life ancient ways of catching seafood and the changes that have taken place.


Everyone is welcome to come along but please give the museum a call in advance (01387 253374) so that staff know numbers for catering.


The “Out of the Blue – Solway Seafood” exhibition was developed by the Solway Firth Partnership funded by The European Fisheries Fund.


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