Exploring Scotland’s fishing history

Herring Inspection
Herring Inspection

Communities along Berwickshire’s coast are being given the chance to learn more about their region’s fishing heritage through cooking, singing and even knitting.

Education specialist CH-ArtEd is launching a new, computer-based toolkit, exploring the history of fishing in towns such as Mussleburgh, Cockburnspath and Berwick.

The aptly-named Follow the Herring package, which is free to schools, community groups, families and individuals, contains instructions for a range of fun activities, including knitting fish, cooking herring and singing a range of sea shanty-style songs.

It is based on the story of the Herring Lassies who, for more than 100 years, would travel down the coast from Scotland, helping to gut, salt and barrel fish at various towns along the route.

Those who download the resource from www.ch-arted.co.uk, will also have access to factsheets explaining the history and importance of fishing in coastal towns, as well as a bank of videos and images showing the herring lassies hard at work.

Schools will benefit from an additional range of whiteboard activities, along with advice as to how they can be used to tackle key areas of the curriculum, including citizenship, history, literacy, music, science and design technology.

This applies to key stage two and three in England, as well as Scotland’s P3-7 and S1-2.

Follow the Herring, created by The Customs House arts centre, South Shields in partnership with Shoofly publishing, has been designed to support a play and art exhibition of the same name, which will tour venues along the east coast later this spring.

It also offers users the opportunity to stage their own version of the play and to submit knitted artwork to be displayed in the exhibition when it arrives in their nearest town.

For more information or to download the Follow the Herring resource visit www.ch-arted.co.uk or contact The Customs House Cultural Development Team on 0191 427 8197/88. More details about the touring play and exhibition can also be found at www.customshouse.co.uk/followtheherring