Wick Heritage Centre

Museum in Caithness

Heritage Centre, Wick
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This award-winning and captivating museum documents the history of the town and its importance in the herring fishery. It displays everything from fishing equipment to a complete herring fishing boat – the beautifully restored 19th century fishing boat, Isabella Fortuna, which is normally berthed in Wick Harbour. The centre-piece of the museum is a superb collection of 70,000 photographs taken by 3 generations of one family between 1863 and 1977. The photographs document an era when Wick was the herring capital of Europe and show the herring industry in various stages from setting sail to packing barrels of salt herring for export all over the world. Boat builders, coopers and rope makers are also documented in this fascinating social history.

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Visiting Wick Heritage Centre


Museum open Easter – end October,

10am – 3.45pm, Monday – Saturday

Duration: 20 minutes

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