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Sea's The Day

The story of the Selsey fishery told by local fishing families

In 2018, Selsey Town Council received a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to undertake a project to re-engage the town with its fishing heritage. With support from the Selsey Fishery, Chichester District Council and the Manhood Peninsula Partnership, the project has created a permanent oral history and film record of the fishermen and women of Selsey, accompanied by a series of recipe cards and a book. The exhibition at The Novium Museum will be open from 15th June 2019 presenting the outcomes of the project. The exhibition highlights the historic and contemporary importance of the Selsey fishing industry and the need to protect this important heritage.

As part of the project, oral histories have been recorded with 30 fishermen and women. Through these voices you can hear the depth of feeling towards Selsey's ties to the sea. A 10 minute film has also been made of the fishermen and women, both on board their boats and in their shacks on the beach in Selsey. More than any other trade or group of people, the fishing folk give Selsey its unique identity. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to explore these recordings.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fascinating range of talks including a talk on the Fishermen's Mission by Nick O'Neil and a talk on Marine Archaeology by Alistair Byford-Bates.

Willow making workshops will also take place to demonstrate how willow is used in the creation of lobster pots.


The oral history and film record created during the project will be held in perpetuity by the West Sussex Records office, keeping the valuable stories of the Selsey fishermen and women alive for future generations.

Local resturants, already cooking with fish, crab and lobster caught at Selsey, worked with Sea's the Day and provided recipe cards for use. Click on the links below to download your recipe card