The Azook team were in Falmouth for the Fal River Festival in Events Square on 29 May 2015; this was to deliver a Community Engagement Event as part of the MemoryFish Project.

The event was well supported and we greatly benefited from being situated on the doorstep of National Maritime Museum Cornwall.


Outside the National Maritime Museum

Employees and volunteers in the boat department at National Maritime Museum Cornwall were particularly interested in the film footage featuring the construction of traditional vessels shown inside the Mobile Digitisation Studio. We saw and spoke to 80+ visitors to the stand, showing them a selection of the many hundreds of fishing-related photographs digitised so far by the project.

Visitors enjoying the online archive

Visitors enjoying the online archive

The day was greatly enhanced by a Radio Cornwall phone interview live on the air with Laurence Reed in the afternoon – we were able to tell listeners that we were out and about “…come and see us, hear our recordings, see the cine and video films and hear the many audio interviews that we have available.”

The recording room within the Digitisation Trailer

The soundproof recording room within the Digitisation Studio

Many thanks go to John of Infinitus Security who towed our trailer to and from Events Square, and to Mike Rangecroft of Falmouth Festivals Ltd for finding space for us.

This is the first of six MemoryFish events. We will be returning to Falmouth during the J Class Festival scheduled for 27 June this summer. Other MemoryFish Events will be held during the summer in Newquay and Newlyn.

The MemoryFish Project is funded by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG), which receives investment from the European Fisheries Fund and the Marine Management Organisation.  The administration for the FLAG is managed by Cornwall Development Company.

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) logo

European Fisheries Fund