Pirates, Castaways & Codfish officially launched

Poole Museum

Representatives from local organisations gathered at Poole Museum this week for the official launch of Poole Bay Rotary’s maritime history project “Pirates, Castaways and Codfish” and the unveiling of the new logo for the project, developed by locally based marketing company CODA.

Michael Spender, Director of Poole Museum, welcoming people said how pleased he was that the Museum would be playing its part in helping to develop an even better understanding of Poole’s maritime history over this key 150 year period from 1580 through to 1730.

Don Nutt, Poole Bay Rotarian and the project manager, paid tribute to the support received not only from a number of local organisations, including Poole Museum, Rotary Wessex, CODA and Bournemouth University, but also for the funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).  The £9,900 from money raised by National Lottery Players was key to Poole Bay Rotary Club being able to take this project forward.

He added, “Over the next few months we will be undertaking research which we hope will shed new light on our three main characters, Admiral Sir Thomas Button, Captain John Bennett and Governor Woodes Rogers, and their links with Poole.  “Pirates, Castaways and Codfish” will tell their stories through new exhibition materials for Poole Museum, a new heritage booklet and self-guided walk  and CD together with a range of educational resource materials for use by schools.“

He concluded by underlining the important part that volunteers and the local community will play in the project.  Anyone interested in helping was asked to contact him direct or via the new website/blog which is already up and running :  www.pirates2codfish.com

For more information on the project please contact:

Don Nutt  (Poole Bay Rotary)    email: don_nutt@hotmail.com         tel:  01202 709948

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