Hornsea Museum is celebrating the award of a major grant to enhance its contribution to tourism on the Holderness coastline. It has just been informed that funding for a new centre to be built in its grounds has been awarded by the Holderness Coast Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG). The building will contain displays showing the growth of the fishing and tourism industries in Hornsea and local area.
“This is a major development for our museum,” reports Chairman of the Hornsea Museum Board of Trustees, Barry Dipper, “but even more importantly it is an ideal opportunity to develop our role within the community, to reach out to its residents, particularly our young people, and to celebrate our heritage.”
The project has been awarded £65,000 by FLAG secured from the European Fisheries Fund as part of their mission to invest in sustainable fisheries for the future and approved by the UK government body, MMO, Marine Management Organisation.
“Work on clearing the land in our Museum gardens will begin this month,” says Barry Dipper, “and we are pleased to have awarded the construction to a local firm, Martin Airey Building.
“When all building and internal displays are complete, which is scheduled for late Autumn, we will have a unique journey through time that tells the tales of fishing and tourism along our immediate coast past, present and future.
“This will include displays of traditional fishing cobbles, boat-building tools and equipment, and the life of the fishing community that created them. There will also feature a working scale model of Hornsea Station, and displays to explain the role of the railway in the growth of tourism, fishing and local industries.
“Many people, including locals, do not realize that even today this part of Britain’s coast plays a major role in European fishing, particularly of all forms of shellfish.
“I am proud to be part of this new venture and the great work done by all the generous local people who give their time and energy to the Museum and Hornsea Pottery museum.
“I strongly believe that what sets us apart is that we do not see this site as a building with artifacts of the past. This is heritage, information, learning and above all, we want it to be an entertaining experience for all our visitors.”