|11th Nov 2023 to 18th Mar 2024|
|Mondays and Wednesdays to Saturdays 10am-4pm / Sundays 11am-4pm / Closed Tuesdays|
The Scottish Fisheries Museum
St Ayles Harbourhead, Anstruther KY10 3AB
|Free as part of general museum admission|
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Although fishing is commonly thought of as being dominated by men, women contributed directly to the industry through their work in preparing the gear, processing the catch, and then selling the fish. It was this latter activity that brought the fisherwomen into closest contact with wider society, and in this role that they were known as “Fishwives”.
While women working in the herring industry were generally employed, fishwives worked for themselves, selling the fish caught by their family members or bought directly from the fishermen. They would work all year round, their wares varying with the seasons from shellfish to white fish to oily fish, ungutted or filleted, fresh, salted or smoked.
Being independent and distinctive saleswomen, fishwives gathered a reputation – both positive and negative – in the eyes of the public. They were admired for their colourful clothing, strength of character and healthy looks, while often being scorned for their harsh tongues and loud voices: “to scold like a fishwife” was a well-used phrase.
This exhibition examines the roles of the fishwife in the Scottish fishing industry, exploring how these women and their labour was regarded, represented, censured and celebrated, both by others and by the women themselves.
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The Winter Photogaphy Exhibition, at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, skillfully captures the beauty of the East Neuk by Emily Noakes and Caroline MacDonald and their adventures beyond!READ MORE