While visiting friends who live locally, we visited the Fishing Heritage Centre. It doesn't sound like it should be a big draw, but I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting and absorbing the visit was. This was also the first visit for my friend, who has lived locally for over 20 years, and he too was impressed.
The centre itself combines information about the history of Grimsby's fishing exploits via static displays, with trawler models, videos, films and manequin-type walk-through displays, showing what life was like on the trawlers and back in Grimsby in its fishing heyday. There were also some interactive displays, although one of them seemed to be out of commission during our visit. Highlight for me was the disply room covering the Cod Wars with Iceland in the 1970s, something I remembered vaguely from childhood, and found extremely interesting to read about now.
The centre appears to have a good cafe and gift shop area, although we only made a brief visit to the latter.
Major highlight of the overall visit was a tour around the actual Ross Tiger trawler, which is berthed very close to the centre. My friend and I were fortunate to have the tour to ourselves and learnt much about the workings of the trawler and its part in Grimsby's fishing history. A mention for the lad Dave who showed us round - excellent detailed knowledge of every part of the trawler, including some good annecdotal information based on the experiences of his own family involved in Grimsby fishing. If you go to the Centre, do not miss out the trawler tour as it is well worth it and extremely informative.
Overall, a great visit - somewhat unexpected, but would highly recommend if you are in the area, to learn all about Grimsby's once-great fishing industry.
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