The Scottish Fisheries Museum


In 2016 Wessex Archaeology completed a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for the boats and vessels within the Museum Fleet of the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther. The project was financed by a successful funding application to the Coastal Communities Fund by the Museum.
The CMP was set out for the overall Museum Fleet made up of 22 boats: it follows the same basic principles as the HMS Caroline CMP with however some structural differences. An overarching conservation plan for the entire collection leads onto six individual documents for six boats and vessels identified as representative of the various functions, conditions and types present in the Museum Fleet. Complete individual CMPs have been completed for the two operational vessels Reaper and White Wing, and the static exhibit Research. Conservation Statements have been completed for the small static display vessels Maggie, Jubilee and the Newburgh salmon coble.
The CMP for the overall Museum Fleet outlines the concepts and standard practises behind historic ship conservation, as set out by National Historic Ships and builds on the exemplary work by James Semple Kerr
The CMP sets out the criteria for assessing the significance of a vessel across a wide variety of areas, including historical, societal and physical connections. It then analyses the current state of the fleet in terms of both its overall physical condition and the governance of the current conservation programme, identifying risks and issues within these.
Finally, it sets out a series of conservation policies and actions to be taken by the Scottish Fisheries Museum to protect and improve the significance and condition of the Museum Fleet for the future.
Image above:
The Research Capstan inside the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther
Image right:
Reaper being repaired in Arbroath