Interactive Knits, Talks and Readings


Knitting the Herring: The Eriskay Gansey, Presented by Matthew Topsfield (Uist Yarn Studio)

A great collaboration between the Scottish Fisheries Museum and Matthew Topsfield to highlight the prominence of Eriskay ganseys! Watch the recording below to find out more!

About this Event

A talk hosted by the Scottish Fisheries Museum, presented by Matthew Topsfield at Uist Yarn Studio to highlight the prominence of Eriskay ganseys and their distinctive patterns. The fisherman’s gansey is made throughout the British Isles, but on the small island of Eriskay in the windswept Outer Hebrides this art reached its peak, richly patterned in traditional and symbolic designs.

Many thanks to Matthew for such an informative, thoughtful and entertaining presentation. It was fascinating to learn about gansey knitting, fishing and crofting heritage and the importance of the Eriskay gansey knitting tradition in the Outer Hebrides, from the Herring Industry boom of the 19th and 20th centuries to the present day use of gansey inspired garments. 

We enjoyed an informative and engaging Q&A session, please feel free to email any other questions you have to: gansey@scotfishmuseum.org

Thanks to all who joined us on the evening. For anyone who missed the talk for any reason, you can now watch the presentation at your own convenience.




Knitting the Herring: Introductory Talk with Mary Lewis from Heritage Crafts Association (HCA)

A great introduction from the Scottish Fisheries Museum and HCA to show how gansey knitting is a prominent knitting craft for the future! Watch the recording below to find out more!

About this Event

A talk hosted by the Scottish Fisheries Museum, presented by Mary Lewis from HCA to launch our Knitting the Herring Events programme and discuss why gansey knitting will continue to be a prominent and relevant heritage craft within the knitting community. Mary spoke on various aspects of gansey knitting, issues affecting intangible heritage and the Endangered Crafts Fund offered by the Heritage Crafts Association.

Many thanks to Mary Lewis for such an enlightening presentation – it is interesting to think of ganseys as cultural heritage and we hope our Knitting the Herring project can help protect and preserve gansey-knitting as a traditional skill. We enjoyed the lively conversation and please feel free to email us with any questions you have that were missed on the night! gansey@scotfishmuseum.org

Thanks also to all who zoomed in to join us. For anyone who missed the talk for any reason, you can watch the recording at your own convenience.




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