A PROJECT to raise the profile of Selsey’s fishing industry has received £35,800 from a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
Selsey Town Council successfully bid for the money for its Sea’s The Day project with support from the Selsey fishery, Chichester District Council and the Manhood Peninsula Partnership to help secure the grant.
Sea’s The Day aims to create a permanent record of the local fishing industry by recording the fascinating stories and memories of fishermen and their families, and using them to create a short film and accompanying book. The daily working lives of local fishermen will also be captured in a series of photographs.
People will be encouraged to eat local fish thanks to a series of special recipe cards which will be produced using local crab and lobster recipes.
The project will then culminate in a special exhibition at The Novium Museum in Chichester next year. West Sussex Record Office has kindly agreed to curate the exhibition and will then look after all the information gathered for the project.
Mike Beal, chairman of Selsey Town Council, said: “We are extremely grateful to National Lottery players for this significant grant – we can’t wait for this project to get underway.
“The story of fishing in Selsey is one that hasn’t been told before, and so by documenting the lives and memories of local fishermen we hope to rekindle people’s knowledge about it.”
Cllr John Connor, cabinet member for environment at Chichester District Council added: “Receiving this Heritage Lottery funding will make such a difference to how people view fishing in the area. Fishing is so important to the economy of Selsey and the surrounding area, so we are really glad to be supporting this exciting project.”