The importance of Selsey’s fishing industry has been celebrated in a new exhibition at the Novium Museum in the city centre.
The exhibition tells the stories of the local fishermen and women, who help generate a staggering £1.5 million for the local economy each year.
Sea’s the Day: The Story of the Selsey Fishery, highlights the need to make sure this vital industry thrives in the future and celebrates over 1,000 years of Selsey’s fishing industry
The fishing community of Selsey gave the town its unique identity. Through their voices, the exhibition provides a snapshot of the industry today and captures how it has changed over recent decades.
Visitors to the exhibition can enjoy a special ten-minute film featuring interviews with the Selsey fishing community, and three fascinating audio stories about Selsey’s ties to the sea told through the voices of fishermen and women, and their families.
The exhibition is part of Sea’s the Day, a project developed in partnership between the Selsey Fishery, Selsey Town Council, Chichester District Council, and the Manhood Peninsula Partnership, which aims to raise people’s awareness of their local fishing industry and help preserve its future for years to come.
A successful grant application secured £35,800 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which has helped to support a series of activities to promote this important industry and re-engage the town with its fishing heritage.
There is also a book packed with fascinating stories and memories from the fishing community and a series of recipe cards with recipes from restaurants, pubs and cafés in Selsey and the Manhood Peninsula to encourage the use of locally caught produce.
Roy Briscoe, cabinet member for community services and culture at Chichester District Council, said: “I’m delighted that the Sea’s the Day exhibition will help to share Selsey’s important fishing heritage with thousands of visitors to The Novium Museum, locals and tourists alike.
“The Selsey Fishery is the heart of the town and I hope that people will be inspired to support the fishermen and women to help make sure that this important industry continues to thrive. We’d like to thank the National Lottery Heritage Fund for their support of this important project.”
Andrew Brown, Selsey Town Council’s chairman, added: “The Seas the Day project as a whole is about safeguarding and strengthening Selsey’s fishing industry through its heritage.
“The exhibition is one part of its legacy, an opportunity to share and promote Selsey’s fishing industry so that together we can protect its long-term sustainability.
“I hope that Seas the Day encourages Chichester District residents and tourists to purchase locally sourced fish and seafood, either in local restaurants or fresh from the fishermen and women at East Beach, Selsey.
“I thank Selsey’s fishermen and women for introducing the idea of Seas the Day to Selsey Town Council and thank our partners and funder for making Seas the Day a reality.”
The exhibition can be seen at The Novium Museum in Chichester until March, 2020.
For more information visit: thenovium.org