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From time to time, staff and volunteers at the museum are asked to contribute to conferences or publications created by other organisations. We also have volunteers and researchers who are pleased to share their research with us. Here are a few examples of subjects we’ve been working on in recent years:

Published Articles and Books

Home from the sea: living and working in Scottish fisher housing by Linda Fitzpatrick. Published in Vernacular Building 44, 2021

Copies can be ordered from the Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group website

A Heroic Endeavour: Scottish Fishing Communities and World War I by Linda Fitzpatrick and Mel Ruth Oakley. Published by WW100 Scotland.

From Creels to Quarter Crans: the form and function of baskets used by the Scottish fishing community in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by Linda Fitzpatrick. Presentation given at a symposium in St Andrews University in 2012.

You can read it and find out more about the project at the Woven Communities website.

Argonaut: Memories of an East Neuk Skipper by David Smith Memoir of a life at sea by long-standing Trustee and volunteer of the museum.

Maritime Influences on Traditional Knitwear Design: The case of the Fisherman’s Gansey: An Object Study by Jen Gordon, published in Textile History Vol 41, Number 1, May 2010.

The article is available online - details from the Textile History Journal website.

The Real Price of Fish by Linda Fitzpatrick Illustrated history of Scottish fishing and guide to the museum and its collections.

Book available to buy from the museum.

Fife’s Fishing Industry by Linda McGowan A photographic history of the fishing industry of this part of Scotland.

Book available to buy from The History Press.

Articles available to download:

The following articles have been written for, or submitted to the project by various researchers. The opinions expressed are the authors’ own and, unless otherwise stated, they retain the copyright in their work.

A Largo Bay Maritime Log and the Methil Convoys: a summary of maritime events before and after World War One and World War Two by John Downie, 2015

Threads: Pieces from the Scottish Fisheries Museum’s Costume Collection and the stories woven into them by Jen Gordon, Eileen Montador and Elizabeth Stormonth, 2016

Related Sites:

Museum volunteer Richard Wemyss has created a Facebook page devoted to East Neuk Boatbuilders where you can find images and information on this important industry.

David Sutherland has developed a website charting the production and export of cured herring from Scotland to the Continent from 1809 - 1914. It is packed with useful information and analysis of the Scottish Continental Herring Trade.

Information and an image from our collection of coopering in Anstruther feature in an online exhibition: Artisans and Craft-Production in Nineteenth-Century Scotland curated by by a team of researchers at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at University of Edinburgh.

Paul Taylor has created a website dedicated to the story of commercial salmon netting at Ardnamurchan in the 1970s and 80s. Fascadale Fishings has a wealth of information and archive material.

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