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Sea's the Day


‘Sea’s the Day’ is a project about the Selsey fishing industry funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project celebrates the fishing heritage of Selsey and promotes the wonderful crab, lobster and other fish caught in its clean Sussex waters. A series of projects including local crab and lobster recipes, and a film about the Fishermen of Selsey Bill are encouraging this to happen.

The Selsey fishing industry pre-dates the town of Selsey, so the history of fishing is also the history of the town, and the reason why this project is so important to local people.

Selsey Town Council successfully bid for the money with support from the Selsey fishery, Chichester District Council and the Manhood Peninsula Partnership.

This is what we are doing:

  • Gathering crab and lobster recipes for use on recipe cards.
  • Recording stories and memories of fishermen and their families.
  • Making a short film using transcriptions from the oral history interviews called Sea’s the Day: the Fishermen of Selsey Bill.
  • Producing a short book using transcriptions of the interviews.
  • Taking black and white photographs of Selsey fishermen to create pull-up banners for exhibitions.

The result of all this activity will be a nine month long exhibition in

Chichester’s Novium Museum: 15 June 2019 – 15 March 2020; and a permanent home in the West Sussex Record Office.