Wick Voices
Johnston Collection
Boats & Fishing The garden
About us Log in / Register
Home Exhibits Wick Voices Shop Articles Log in / Register
Johnston Collection Boats & Fishing The garden Events About us
A photograph of Doreen Leith

Doreen Leith

The Kist

Born: 2021

Duration: 9m 22s

Type: Audio

Filesize: 9.3 Mb

Recorded: 16 June 2021

Download button Download

About this recording

In 2021 the Wick Society recognises a significant milestone in its history as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. Wick Society volunteers and friends have chosen fifty objects, photographs, recordings and events that depict our rich heritage.

One particular favourite is the kist that sits in the box bedroom of the Wick Heritage Museum. It belonged to one of the many herring girls.

The Wick herring season ran from June to September, but many of the girls worked a double season. In early October they left for Yarmouth or Lowestoft to work there. Although the women and girls travelled by train, their belongings left a day or so earlier packed in a kist, a wooden box about 4 x 2 x 2 feet in size and it went by lorry or sometimes by train and awaited the girls at their destination.

Although there was excitement when the women and girls came home again, there was also great anticipation for the return of the kist with its exciting presents from Yarmouth.

Further favourites can be found in the book Fifty Years Fifty Favourites a compilation chosen by members and friends of The Wick Society.

The Kist. Picture: Fergus Mather


There are currently no comments for this recording

Log in or register to comment on this item.

The Wick Society
18 - 27 Bank Row, Wick, Caithness, KW1 5EY

Privacy policy Contact us

Brought to you by the online heritage experts