Selsey receives Heritage Lottery Fund funding boost for project charting local fishing industry

A project which aims to raise the profile of Selsey’s fishing industry will launch this year thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £35,800.

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 says: “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. We have been working closely with the Selsey fishery which has been advising us about what will work and who to approach as part of the project.

“Sea’s The Day is the product of work carried out over the last two years, looking at how to boost the local economy. The fishing industry is one of the things that makes Selsey really special, and so one of the recommendations was to raise its profile so that fishing here can carry on for future generations. The project will also support work being done on the Selsey Vision by both us and the district council.”

Councillor John Connor, Cabinet Member for Environment at Chichester District Council says: “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.

“While Selsey is renowned in top London restaurants for the quality of its crab and lobster, locally there is a real lack of awareness about how vital this industry is to Selsey. Over the years a lot of knowledge about the local fishing trade has been lost and this project aims to rejuvenate interest and pride, and get people buying and cooking local fish in their kitchens.”

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