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Maritime historian and TV crew at town’s museum

Historical researcher  Christine Hamill, Professor Eric Grove and TV  producer Richard Taylor at Fleetwood Museum.

Historical researcher Christine Hamill, Professor Eric Grove and TV producer Richard Taylor at Fleetwood Museum.

Fleetwood Museum welcomed one of Britain’s foremost maritime historians through its doors for a TV programme.

Historian and television personality, Professor Eric Grove, was in Fleetwood to film part of a documentary series and was originally to be filmed on the seafront.

However, weather conditions were proving difficult so arrangements were made for him to be filmed in the museum on Queens Terrace instead – and it proved a good move.

Prof Grove arrived with a BBC film crew to record his views on the vital role played by British trawlers during the First World War.

Fleetwood was included in the programme because, by June 1915, more than 1,000 Fleetwood fishermen and nearly half the port’s trawlers had been taken into the Royal Naval Reserve.

Researcher Christine Hamill interviewed the professor at length in the appropriate setting of the museum’s Deep Sea Fishing Gallery.

Dick Gillingham, himself a local historian and one of the Fleetwood Museum trustees, said: “It’s fair to say Prof Grove had done his homework on the museum and knew he’d got the right visual environment to suit the programme.

“They filmed his interview down by our model of the Red Falcon, and it was perfect, really. He’s a larger than life character and we enjoyed his visit.”

Prof Grove, currently Professor of Naval History at 
Liverpool Hope University, has lectured worldwide.#

He is an extensively published author and he has made numerous appearances on BBC2’s Timewatch series and for Channel 4.

His Fleetwood interview was recorded for a series about the Great War, due to be broadcast in July.

Fleetwood Museum is part of Lancashire County Council’s museum service.

 

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