In January 2018, a display of material reported through the Fishing Industry Protocol for Archaeological Discoveries (FIPAD) will be opening at Littlehampton Museum. FIPAD has been successfully operating for several years, encouraging the reporting of archaeological material by the fishing community, with some significant and interesting finds reported by the Sussex fishing fleet.
The exhibition will run from Saturday 6 January to Friday 2 March 2018, in this fascinating museum owned and run by Littlehampton Town Council; it is also free to visit, making it part of a fantastic day out in the town. The exhibition will show the contributions the Sussex fishing fleet are making to our shared heritage through the material they accidently encounter and recover in their day to day fishing operations. The display will be a mixture of display posters, artefacts, and a video montage of material found. Items forming part of the exhibition will include cannons, a lead ingot, an unusual anchor, pottery and glassware, along with many more unusual and fascinating finds to interest all the family.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and managed by Wessex Archaeology, FIPAD has helped to increase the reporting of archaeological finds in Sussex through the Historic Environment Fisheries Liaison Officer and the support of the Sussex fishing community and the Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA).