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Selsey exhibition

A new exhibition, which celebrates over 1,000 years of Selsey’s fishing industry, is set to be launched at The Novium Museum in Chichester.


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 showcases the important role the Selsey Fishery plays, and highlights the need to make sure this vital industry thrives in the future.


The fishing community of Selsey give 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, which opens on Saturday, June 15, and will be on show until March, 2020, 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, including:


  • book packed with fascinating stories and memories from the fishing community
  • a series of recipe cards with recipes from restaurants, pubs and cafes in Selsey and the Manhood Peninsula to encourage the use of locally caught produce
  • a unique film of the fishermen and women, both on board their boats and in their shacks on the beach in Selsey, which will be shown within the exhibition
  • an oral history record capturing the voices of 30 fishermen and women
  • an exhibition at The Novium Museum showcasing the results of the project


Cllr 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, said: “The Seas the Day project 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 we can protect its long-term sustainability.


“I hope it encourages residents and tourists to purchase locally sourced fish and seafood.”

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