New face at helm of Fisheries Museum

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PICTOU — Victoria Thompson says she’s looking forward to the opportunity to raise the profile of the Northumberland Fisheries Museum.

Thompson began her duties on Feb. 4 as the museum’s curator. Her resume includes a decade of work in tourism, the arts, and fisheries research.

It’s the first stint as a curator for Thompson, who is from Fogo Island, N.L. She worked for the Shorefast Foundation and Fogo Island Arts before transferring to fisheries research at Memorial University in St. John’s, N.L.

She worked at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton before joining the fisheries museum.

“I wanted to stay in tourism, the arts and fisheries research and had a chance to apply,” she said. “There’s lots to do and I’m very excited about the coming season.”

Thompson said she’s viewing the museum’s potential to draw more people from around Nova Scotia and the other two Maritime Provinces.

“There is a lot of opportunity to turn this into a vibrant part of Pictou,” she said.

Museum board chairman Gary Nowlan said he’s pleased to have Thompson on board.

“We’re excited.” He said. “We’re anticipating her bringing the museum to a new level in the community.”

The museum is officially closed until spring but opened last Thursday for the Pictou Lobster Carnival’s annual sale of fish cake and bean suppers. There were 150 servings prepared and they were sold out.

Victoria Thompson displays a fish cake and bean supper prepared and sold last week at the Northumberland Fisheries Museum. (Goodwin photo)