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Tuesday 7th February 2023

Free Exhibition: Severn Salmon Fishing (Tues, Fri, Sat only)

Thornbury & District Museum

This exhibition runs on Tuesdays and Fridays 1-4pm and Saturdays 10am to 4pm, 9th May to 26th August. Entry is free.

Come and discover the tough life of the traditional Severn salmon fishermen.

Tied to the tides, the fishermen had to be ready to harvest the fish caught in their woven willow putchers as soon as the river receded enough to allow them to wade out in their thigh- or chest-high waders.

Sometimes, they used traditional lave-nets to scoop up the salmon – but trying to move fast in the treacherous waters of the tidal Severn was a dangerous undertaking.

This exhibition is packed full of information gleaned by the late Nick Large from his numerous interviews with the last generation of Severn salmon fishers. His sharp black and white photographs illustrate their stories.


Venue information

Thornbury & District Museum
Chapel Street, Thornbury, BS35 2BJ

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