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The museum’s photographic collection is Recognised as a resource of national significance, chronicling the technological, economic, social and political development of the Scottish fishing industry from the 19th century through to the present day.

The images exist in a variety of forms - prints, negatives including glass negatives, slides and digital camera files and cover all aspects of the Scottish fishing industry, including boats, harbours and communities.

archive image of women filling barrels with herring
Archive image of fishing boat hauling nets
Archive image of two men on board a boat holding fish

The Museum’s Photographic Collection is available to view and search online thanks to funding from the Museum Association’s Digital Innovation and Engagement Fund in collaboration with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Please visit the Online Photo Library where you can browse, search and purchase images from the Museum’s collection.

The site also contains very useful Help and Terms of Use sections.

Can you help us?

For many of our photographs, we have incomplete information, and what we have may not be accurate. If you can add anything to the photo titles and captions, we would be grateful if you would contact us, as we want to make our records as accurate as possible.

The Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust Ltd
St Ayles, Harbourhead, Anstruther, Fife KY10 3AB
Tel (within UK): 01333 310628
Tel (from outside UK): +44 1333 310628
Charity Number: SC 006185
VAT Reg Number: 270 2790 64
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