Lyme Regis celebrates its seafaring past

Exhibition at the Town Mill Malthouse will focus on traditional Dorset fishing boats

CELEBRATIONS of Lyme’s seafaring past are set to continue with a special exhibition in the Town Mill Malthouse.

Entitled ‘Maritime Memories’, it will bring together a wide variety of historic material compiled by the resort’s museum.

It runs from this Saturday to Sunday, October 30, from 10am to 4pm and admission is free.

The centrepiece of the exhibition will be two historic Dorset fishing boats, called lerrets, which will be exhibited along with their stories, archive photographs and oral history recordings of the fishing families who made their living from these boats.

One of the lerrets on display is the last remaining seaworthy historic vessel ‘Vera’ and the other is the new lerret ‘Littlesea’, built by eye by Gail McGarva with the assistance of local boatbuilder Roy Gollop.

Also included in the exhibition will be historical material relating to the RNLI in Lyme Regis, featuring many archive photographs. There will also be the story of the RAF boats that were stationed at Lyme, including scale models.

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Museum local historians Ken Gollop and Graham Davies have also made a selection of the fascinating historic images from the museum’s photographic archives.

For more information about the museum visit

For more information about the lerret visit