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Monday, 4 July 2011

Events: The Story of the Lerret - Mon 4th - Sat 9th July 2011

This picture depicts the two Portland Lerret
boats launched to rescue survivors of the collision
between the Avalanche and the Forest of Windsor
off Portland in September 1877.
From Monday 4th - Saturday  9th July 2011 between 11.00 am to 4.00 pm. The gardens of Portland Museum will host an evocative exhibition, ‘The Story of the Lerret’, which will tell the story of Portland and Chesil Bank’s traditional fishing boat that can trace it’s documented ancestry back to 1618. At the heart of the exhibition will be two Lerrets, ‘Vera’ of 1923 and her daughterboat ‘Littlesea’, built by Gail McGarva in 2010.  The exhibition will be a visual display of extracts taken from the oral history collection accompanied by photographs of the lerret fisherfolk who have shared their memories. Alongside the visual display there will be a storytelling tent, evoking the world of the Lerret. On entering you will hear the recorded voices of the fisherfolk and you will be surrounded by the nets, floats, pots and stones of the Lerret fishing days. If you have a memory of Lerret fishing that you would like to share, there will be audio equipment available to preserve your memory on the day and add it to the oral history collection.

Other events at the Portland Museum this week:
  • Archaeological Road Show - On Wednesday 6th July the Portable Antiquities Officer and a Maritime Archaeologist will be in the museum between 10am and 3pm, so everyone is welcome to bring along those archaeological and maritime finds for free expert advice.
  • 'Storms, Shipwrecks and Floods' a talk by local historian Stuart Morris on Friday 8th July at 7.30pm - price £3.00. 
Source: www.portlandmuseum.co.uk

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