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Museum of Fishing, Scarborough, East Yorkshire, England

Part 1 Project 2003
James Silvester
University of Huddersfield, UK
Design Influences

Over fishing in the North Sea has drastically depleted fish stocks. This alone has had a huge impact on the lives of people connected to the fishing industry.

Ever since the introduction to the common marketing the 1970’s the fishing fields of the North Sea have become a free for all. In recent years the Russian and Spanish fleets have developed ships that can suck up fish, package and freeze them in one foul swoop.

The British fishing industry (once the finest in the world) could not match the super trawlers. This culminated in more job losses in an already crippled area of Britain.

The building was designed as a memorial to the dying fishing industry. In memory of a once proud industry were skilled fishermen who risked their lives to supply us with Britain’s national dish (fish and chips).


The museum is divided into two – external and internal. The main information will be portrayed internally through sounds and projections in awesome cathedral like spaces. Externally boats are submerged in the powerful construction of the pier.

The building is designed to rise out from the pier and dominate the surrounding area. The sheer scale and brutality of the building is enhanced by the delicate use of human scale. I believe overpowering the area was necessary, on the other hand the building had to respect the medieval richness of Scarborough.

James Silvester

In realisation of a content rich programme recording the demise of industry and community, this design is a confident exploration of materiality and tectonic expression. Being strident, robust, and entropic in manner, whilst provoking the evocative, melancholic, and poetic. The scheme shared the RIBA Yorkshire White Rose Student Medal 2003.


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