The main history-related activities at the 2016 Festival weekend will include

  • Scottish Fisheries Museum Open Day on Saturday, with free entry to the Museum;  the Museum will be open as usual on Sunday from 11am but with entry charges payable. (but children free) As well as the Museum's normal exhibits, there will be an exhibition exploring the role of the Royal Navy during World War One.  The exhibition will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland on 31st May, the only major Naval battle of the conflict. Admiral Beattie's battlecruiser fleet which was the bait in the trap sprung on the German High Seas fleet at Jutland, sailed from Rosyth in May 2016
  • Museum's "Reaper" 70' sailing drifter bringing in the Fisher Lad & Lass for their naming ceremony, 230pm Saturday, then open to the public for the rest of the day, with its below decks history exhibition of the herring fishery and its ancient crew dressed in authentic fishing garb - http://www.scotfishmuseum.org/reaper
  • Scottish Submariners Association Memorial Service commemorating the 104 British submariners lost in the 1918 Battle of May Island, 12 noon Saturday in the harbourfront's East Car Park- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_May_Island
  • Exhibition by Scottish Fisheries Museum's Model Boat Club in the museum's workshop on Saturday - http://www.anstruthersailingclub.org.uk/gallery/index.php/Anstruther-Harbour-Festival-2014/MBC-Exhibition-11
  • MacBus museum on the harbourfront on Saturday, and Sunday with an exhibition "Moving Stories" exploring the experience of the Great War from a Fife perspective, and "Sea Front’" an animation film specially commissioned from artist Claire Lamond and created in response to letters and diaries, shown in a period room setting. The MacBus has disabled access and an induction loop : Saturday and Sunday
  • Classic Boat Rally of historic yachts, motorboats and working boats, with information sheets on each boat displayed at the quayside, all day - with a Best Classic Boat competition, Friday to Sunday  - http://www.anstruthersailingclub.org.uk/gallery/index.php/Classic-Boat-Rally-201