Scottish Fisheries Museum


The Scottish Fisheries Museum was founded in 1969 by members of the fishing community in Anstruther, to tell the story of the Scottish fishing industry and its people from the earliest times to the present. It has a varied collection which includes numerous archives in the form of photographs, documents and recordings relating to the development of the Scottish commercial fishing industry.

The collection is housed within the Museum stores, research library, and displays. It has a strong focus on the 20th century, with some 19th century material and a small amount (<20 examples) of earlier material.

The archive comprises approximately 16,000 negatives and a further 5,000 slides of all aspects and areas of the fishing industry. The collection contains a number of important records on film, video tape and digital media, including the building of the Great Liner, Radiation outside the present Museum site, at Anstruther. The Collection also includes 146 oral history recordings.

The Document archive has an extensive collection of charts, plans and documents concerning all aspects of the Scottish Fishing Industry and the personalities within it. The Miller Collection of plans and drawings from Miller’s Boatyard has added significantly to this collection. Fife is well represented with boat ledgers, cash books, and fish sellers records including the Wm. Aitken Collection. The Document archive also contains a number of unique fishing charts and log books.

The specialist library houses around 2,450 books and 80 periodical titles on, and related to, fishing and is particularly strong in fishing related periodicals, Fishing News publications and Governmental Statistical Publications from the 19th century onwards.

This archive entry was last updated on 07/03/2024. Information incorrect or out-of-date?
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