The National Lobster Hatchery

Improvements to the children's exhibits at the National Lobster Hatchery visitor centre

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1105434)




  • AnimalsAnimals
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)



The National Lobster Hatchery (NLH) attracts between 30,000 and 40,000 members of the public each year to its visitors centre. The visitor centre is essential in raising funds for the NLH, first and foremost it is a tool for informal education on the work undertaken at the NLH. This project will focus on increasing the accessibility of our exhibits to children by developing low level, interactive exhibits that will stimulate, entertain and educate the children who visit us. This will instil in them, the same desire, to ensure our living marine resources are responsibly and sustainably managed and cared for, as we hope to create in their parents. There are a number of planned developments to the children’s exhibits: • Use cartoon characters and very simplified explanations of the work the NLH does to aid children’s interpretation of the displays. • A bespoke interactive wet exhibit allowing children to catch toy lobsters and discover the importance of not removing too many animals from the fishery. • Improve our current colouring/play area to increase accessibility. • Create low level interactive exhibits which compliment the main exhibits, that will be fun and informative (e.g. holes shared by soft lobsters and conger eels, wooden boats that are colourful and moveable lobsters that will pop up). • General improvements to the accessibility of our main exhibits that will enable children to get the most out of them. This project will support our public education programme by generating awareness to future generations of the marine environment, specifically the sustainable use and management of coastal fisheries. At the same time this will improve the NLH’s ability to generate revenue essential to achieve our other charitable objectives.