Interactive Knits, Talks and Readings

Knit and Natters

Are you interested in knitting, ganseys and want to meet for a knit and natter? Join us on Zoom for a friendly get together to share your knitting projects, ask questions and enjoy a gansey gaggle!

Join us on the last Thursday of the month from April – June, reconvening in September.

29th of April, 7pm (BST)

27th of May, 7pm (BST)

24th of June, 7pm (BST)

Contact carolyn@scotfishmuseum.org for more information and the Zoom details to join. We look forward to seeing you!

Gansey Investigations with Di Gilpin and Sheila Greenwell

With each gansey, you can discover so much about the knitters thought processes, their charts, stitch work and techniques. Watch Di and Sheila as they unravel the history of two ganseys in the collection!

*Film recorded at the museum when we were open in December 2020, in line with Scottish Government Guidelines*

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Knitting the Herring: This Golden Fleece with Esther Rutter

A wonderful way to wrap up 2020’s event programme, as Esther unravels the importance of knitting heritage throughout Britain’s coastal communities. Watch the recording below to find out more!

About this Event

An illustrated book reading hosted by the Scottish Fisheries Museum and presented by Fife author Esther Rutter, who shared a special gansey-themed reading from her critically acclaimed book on knitting history, This Golden Fleece. Patterned fisherman’s jumpers are found all over Britain, and we were all so enlightened by Esther’s journey to capture this delightful part of Britain’s knitting heritage.

Many thanks to Esther for such an interesting and thought-provoking reading.  We enjoyed an entertaining Q&A and conversation on the evening, and now you can watch the book reading at your own convenience.

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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