In 2018, our Assocation turns 50. To mark the pasing of half a century, we're putting together a snapshot of out heritage - a collection of short films and photograpahs documenting the changes in shellfishing practice experienced over a generation. To ensure that our heritage is preserved and celebrated, we've partnered with community interest company Storylines, who specialise in presenting peoples experiences in an accessible way. Funded by a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, together, we are working on a project to showcase the individual stories of experienced shellfishermen - and we look forward to sharing them with you.
'guardians of the reef'
''Those alive today still remember the days of horse and carts transporting crab; huers on clifftops; and tarring clothes before setting to sea. They remember men who went blind in the War but still managed, with a little help, to weave the crab pots. They remember transporting their crab catches by train packed in wooden tea chests and apple barrels. They remember the hard, hand to mouth days of life in the rural South West''.
‘Guardians of the Reef’ is working to uncover and share stories of shellfishing in South Devon through a series of heritage events, exhibitions and film screenings. Delivered in partnership between Storylines and South Devon and Channel Shellfishermen, in 2017/18 the project is conducting a series of oral history interviews with shellfishermen, many whose families have fished for generations, transforming these into a series of digital stories, films and displays. Thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Guardians of the Reef documents this unique and largely unrecorded part of coastal heritage.
Supported by Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum and Salcombe Maritime Museum, in Autumn 2017, the project ran 6 heritage collection events in the South Hams area focused on gathering oral histories, photographs and artefacts, which resulted in a rich archive of material - a snapshot of which appears in a series of short films, which will soon be available online. The full recordings and other material will eventually be archived with Devon County Archives, Devon Rural Archives, Salcombe Museum and the Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum.