Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC006185

Situated in a wonderful collection of historic buildings on the harbour of a small and beautiful fishing port, we are a charitable trust which has become a national institution with an international reputation.

Our principal aim, in all of our efforts with regard to the displays in our extensive museum and our many educational and research activities, is to excite informed interest in the development of the Scottish commercial fishing industry among people of all ages in and beyond Scotland. The core story that we have to tell is the history of how, through a constant process of innovation, the Scottish fisheries became such an important part of the lives of so many Scots.

The Museum displays cover virtually every aspect of the industry and community, both at sea and on shore. The variety and beauty of old fishing boats are shown in the models and original vessels, including the Reaper and White Wing that still go to sea. Our learning and activity programmes engage audiences of all ages with the fascinating history of one of Scotland's major industries and we provide volunteering opportunities from customer service to archive work to boatbuilding.


Current opportunities

Help to create fun and engaging learning experiences for museum visitors at the Scottish Fisheries Museum, by helping with workshops and outreach activities tied. Volunteers will support museum staff deliver and create learning activities aimed at schools, families and other visitors. The museum is keen to learn from volunteers and encourage them to share any arts or crafts expertise they have. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to gain experience, develop skills and confidence. Previous experience is not required as training and support will be given. The museum is happy to chat with volunteers about their needs and adapt roles to suit them. The key tasks will include: -Supporting Museum staff develop and deliver activities. -Providing visitors with a positive learning experience. -Supporting Museum staff to welcome visitors to events/activities. -Encouraging and helping event participants to take part in activities. -Helping set up and tidy away events.

Help bring the history of the Museum and its collections to life in the galleries. Volunteers will be trained to engage visitors in specific galleries in the museum. They will tell visitors about the gallery and answer any questions they may have. Gallery Guides will be present at pre-advertised times to enhance the visitors experience and enjoyment of the museum. You will learn about the history of the Museum and its collections, as well as developing customer service and interpersonal skills. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to gain experience, develop skills and confidence. The key tasks will include: -Learning about the history of the Museum and its collections. -Giving visitors a warm and friendly welcome to the gallery space. -Bringing the theme of the gallery to life by highlighting key objects on display. -Responding to questions and queries to the best of your knowledge

Help bring the history of the Museum and its collections to life by leading engaging tours of the museum. Volunteers will be trained to give full Museum tours to groups, telling them about the history of the Scottish fishing industry. You will learn about the history of the Museum and its collections, as well as developing customer service and interpersonal skills. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to gain experience, develop skills and confidence. The key tasks will include: -Learning about the history of the Museum and its collections. -Give visitors a warm and friendly welcome. -Lead guided tours for pre-booked groups, bring the history of fishing to life by sharing stories linked to the museum collection. -Respond to questions and queries to the best of your knowledge.

The Scottish Fisheries Museum is seeking a new Chair and Trustees to shape and guide the organisation’s future direction. They are looking for people who are committed to using their expertise and networks in support of their charitable objectives and goals. The Board is responsible for leadership, direction, and oversight to a small team of nineteen, mostly part time, paid staff, plus significant volunteer support, which is vitally important to the museum. Located in Anstruther, the Scottish Fisheries Museum was founded in 1969 to collect, record and interpret the history of the fishing industry in Scotland. The charity holds over 65,000 artefacts, including historic fishing vessels and two operational vessels, recognised as a collection of national significance. The museum has come through the difficult post Covid period, but there are undoubtedly ongoing challenges. They are looking to develop their resilience, combining their local context and national significance.