Special Events

Special events & exhibitions

Hild – St Hilda of Whitby

This exhibition takes the visitor through what we know of Hilda’s life, from birth to death. She lived in Northumbria in the 7th century AD and our information about her comes almost all from the Venerable Bede. The exhibition is illustrated with photographs of stained glass windows, mostly local, and with specially-commissioned artworks, and also contains objects uncovered in the archaeological investigations at Whitby in the 1920s.

From Fancy Shoes to Fisherman’s Boots – 200 years of Whitby Footwear

This exhibition is in the costume gallery until the end of 2017. If anyone has any footwear of interest please contact the volunteers in the costume gallery.

Some of the information from the exhibition can be found here.  There is also a list of Whitby shoemakers shops taken from census returns of the 19th century here.



An illustrated talk by Serena Partridge about her meticulously stitched artworks, inspired by costume and storytelling.  Serena will discuss her inspiration, development and use of materials, with a particular emphasis on shoes.

Serena has been an artist in residence at the Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate and at The Bronte Museum, Haworth.

The talk will take place on Saturday 30th September 2017. In the Normanby Room at 2pm.

Tickets £4 to include a look at the Shoe Exhibition in the Costume Gallery.

Cream Scone to order £2.50

Pannett Art Gallery Exhibitions 2017

The Pannett Art Gallery is managed by Whitby Town Council . The programme for forthcoming exhibitions at the Art Gallery is given below. Admission is free. Information courtesy of the Art Gallery Curator, Ms. Helen Berry.

Please note, all information is correct at the time of writing but may be subject to change. Please phone before making a special journey to visit any exhibition. Tel. (01947) 600933. If no answer from this number, please try Whitby Town Council on (01947) 820227 or Email: pannett.gallery@whitbytowncouncil.gov.uk.

The Pannett Art Gallery website is at http://www.pannettartgallery.org

 Curating Space  25 July – 3 September
Northern Connection 2 (Leeds Fine Artists) 5 September- 8 October
See Around Us – Get involved in curating an exhibition (see Pannett Art Gallery website for more details) Mondays – 18 September – 23 October
Gifted (Craft Exhibition) 10 October – 19 November
Permanent Collection 24 November – Spring 2018

Pannett Park Events 2017

Pannett Day Wednesday 16 August 11 am – 3 pm
Halloween Wednesday 25 Oct 11 am – 1 pm