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Secret Catch is a new project by Community Stuff which will deliver a cross-generational programme of activity to research and document Eastbourne’s fishing industry heritage with school students, local families and community.

We will engage with heritage partnerships and local histories to provide training sessions, access to oral histories, local history and artefacts and to deposit records from the project.

We will produce an exhibition with talks and presentations for a wider audience and provide access to the heritage information which is available here.

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Over 50 people attend Private View of The Secret Catch at Causeway School

The Lottery funded Heritage project ‘Secret Catch - fishing families’ organised by Community Stuff, put together to teach pupils at Causeway School the unknown history of fishing families in Eastbourne.  The private view in the Causeway School Gallery attracted...

We would like to invite you to the Private View of the Secret Catch – Fishing Families

We would like to invite you to the Private View of the Secret Catch - Fishing Families, Heritage exhibition produced and curated by pupils of Causeway School, working with Community Stuff CIC. Come and find out about your local fishing family. Private View: 6.30pm-8pm...

Last week before the Christmas break to interview Ted Hide

Our students will be interviewing local author Ted Hide about the history of Eastbourne fishing families this week at Causeway School. This will be our last session before we break up for the Christmas holidays. We will return on Wednesday 10th January 2018 at 3pm in...

Students from Causeway School interview Paul Metcalfe, Former crew member and Operations Manager for Eastbourne Lifeboats RNLI

As part of their heritage project where students are researching the history of Eastbourne's fishing families they interviewed Paul Metcalfe to learn all about the history of Lifeboats in Eastbourne and the part that fishing families took in the rescuing of people in...

Brian Allchorn, the last boatman of Eastbourne visits Causeway School as part of Secret Catch

The owner of the pleasure boats in Eastbourne made a special visit to Causeway School so that students involved in the Secret Catch project could interview him. Brian brought his collection of photographs and talked to the students about his memories from his...

See you all at 3pm in the Gallery

Today we are going to start making preparations for our exhibition in the Gallery and prepare some interview questions for Brian Allchorn as he will be visiting us next week. Brian Allchorn is the original owner and the last of the real old boatmen of Eastbourne so...

Presentation in the Gallery

This week we've started to pile together some of our favourite photographs and started to learn how to display them in the Causeway Gallery in preparation for our Exhibition in March. The photographs on display show the journey that we have been on in learning about...

Training at the Keep

Staff and volunteers running the Secret Catch project for Community Stuff have been to visit The Keep where they received a tour of the centre and training on how to archive and retrieve information on the fishing families in Eastbourne. The Keep is a world-class...

The last pleasure boat of Eastbourne

Our students from Causeway School visited the old Net Shop by the fishing station on the seafront in order to view the last pleasure boat of Eastbourne. Lloyd Stebbings gave a presentation about the restoration project that is currently underway on the The Southern...

Trip to see the last pleasure boat in Eastbourne

We are looking forward to our trip tomorrow as we visit the old Net Shop by the fishing station in order to see the last pleasure boat of Eastbourne. We will also be listening to a talk by Lloyd Stebbings about the restoration project underway. We will be meeting at...