Catching Tales

'Catching Tales – Fishing Stories from Morecambe Bay' is a programme of community-based creative projects that celebrates the unique fishing heritage of Morecambe Bay.

As inspiration for the projects, we are using the fascinating archive of personal memories from the Bay’s fishing communities, collected by our volunteers, which captures everything from the skills and changing techniques of the industry, to a snap shot of the social history of fishing families and their own reflections about life lived on the edge of Bay.


The memories people have been kind enough to share are so special that we want to share them with the Bay's communities, to make more people aware of the work we have been doing and raise awareness of these important eye-witness histories. We hope to inspire people to discover more about the fishing heritage of Morecambe Bay, encourage the chance to reflect, and celebrate the contributions from all the volunteers who have taken part. Find out more about our Fishing Traditions of Morecambe Bay Oral History Project.

About the creative projects:


Fable Arts, from Lytham, are creating a soundscape piece called ‘Fleeting’ which will celebrate fishing memories on the trains that travel around the Bay.

On special Sundays throughout September 2017, Northern Rail will host these magical mini-broadcasts on some of its trains, as memories are mixed with the natural sounds of the Bay, allowing people to learn and reflect on the landscape passing by their window. Listen to the Fleeting soundscape here.

'After the Ebb'

Morecambe artist Kate Drummond is creating a series of beautifully designed newspapers throughout 2017-2018, bringing together stories and quotes from the archive with illustrations and fishing imagery. These will be distributed in the towns and villages central to the fishing industry and shared through schools, libraries and special events. Find out more.

'Gone Fishing'

In  2018, chorographer and dance artist Jenny Reeves, from Lancaster, in partnership with sound engineer Lee Affen and Ludus Dance, will work with primary school children from around the Bay to create a wonderful performance piece to be showcased on Morecambe Promenade. Taking inspiration from the physical nature of fishing and the tides and elements that shape the Bay, the piece will capture the spirit of the Bay’s shared fishing heritage and engage the younger generation with this important part of the Bay’s history.

The Fishing Hut

An accessible, fun and magical pop up gallery in the form of a fisherman’s hut on wheels, created by Morecambe Bay artists John Fox and Hannah Fox, Find out more.

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