The Archive

Fishing traditions of Morecambe Bay – Oral History Project

As part of the Headlands to Headspace Scheme, being delivered by Morecambe Bay Partnership, a considerable oral history archive has been created with the aim of capturing local memories now before they are lost for future generations. It focuses on the small inshore fishing communities especially those at Flookburgh, Morecambe and Sunderland Point.

The project began in February 2015 and continues. To date, working with 20 active volunteers (interviewing and/or transcribing), the project has collected over 50 hours of oral history recordings and interviewed almost 40 people.

Themes include fishing by horse and cart and the changes as they were replaced by tractor and quadbike; the tools of the trade, how they were made, their names and use; the division of roles, girls and women fishing and shellfish processing.

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