Tenby Museum and the #YearoftheSea

Posted by Tenby Museum on Jul 5, 2018 Blog No Comments

“The remarkable purity and clearness of the water, its entire freedom from mud and the firmness and gradual descent of the sands, render Tenby peculiarly desirable as a bathing place”

Richard Mason, 1864

The sea has always played an important role in the story of Tenby. The Welsh name for Tenby is Dinbych-y-Pysgod, which translates as “little fort of the fish”, showing the early importance of the sea to the town as a defensive measure. In the 14th century the town was one of the principal herring ports of south and west Wales. The first oranges to land in Wales were done so at Tenby, as part of a cargo on a Portuguese ship, La Nossa Signora, on 17 June 1566.

Many families in the town still retain strong connections with the sea, whether it is through the lifeboat, fishing or tourism and the independent television programme The Harbour, broadcast nationwide in 2017, highlighted the continuing strength of community around the harbour today, seen as the heart of the town.

As part of Visit Wales’ celebrations of the sea in 2018, Tenby Museum is presenting a series of interpretive panels and images that illustrate Tenby’s long association with the sea, through industry, invention or natural history.

There are interpretive panels on trawling, Tenby oysters, 19th century conchologist William Lyons, walking on water and the wildlife of St Margaret’s Island.