Sneak preview from Villages by the Sea – Robin Hood’s Bay.

This document was shown in the BBC programme “Villages by the sea” featuring some filming in the museum. You can see it on BBC iplayer at the following link.

“His tongue is said to weigh above four Ton, and is as big as a large featherbed, it is enclosed in long pieces of what we call Whalebone”.  A quote from “A Voyage to Greenland”, about the voyage of the Volunteer.


  1. In 1965 the university of Leeds was awarded a grant from the wellcome trust to develop the old lifeboat station at Robin Hoods Bay into a marine laboratory. My father, Dr J.R.Lewis was appointed as director and the laboratory developed into a highly respected facility with an international reputation -both for teaching and research. The laboratory was eventually closed due to funding issues but not before it had produced an exceptional record of world class scientific publications


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