November Newsletter

Winter Closure

The museum will be closing for the winter break at 4:30pm on Sunday the 4th of December 2022 and re-opening at 10am on Tuesday the 7th of February 2023. Many thanks to all our visitors, supporters, trustees, staff and volunteers for a great 2022 season; 2023 promises to be even better with our bicentenary celebrations and events.

2023 Celebrations

Film maker Anne Dodsworth has been filming for the 2023 celebrations. Our trustees have been recreating the first ever meeting of the Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society. The inaugural meeting back in 1823 looked a little different (see photograph).

Filming took place in the old town hall in the market place on Whitby’s east side in full costume.

Anne continues to work on the film and the results will bring to life the history of the Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society as never before.  The finished article will be screened at the museum during the celebrations of the bicentenary. Details coming soon.


The ‘Scoresby’s Arctic’ exhibition draws to a close on the 4th of December. The exhibition has been a great success with some wonderful feedback from visitors. The Scoresby inspired snowflakes and other artworks by Caroline Hack which were on display in the exhibition can be purchased before the winter closure, or by contacting the artist at should you wish to enquire about items after this time.


Volunteers and curators will be hard at work over the closure period taking down the old exhibition and installing new ones in celebration of the bicentenary of the Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society.