Special Events

Special events & exhibitions

The Unblinking Eye: 55 Years of Space Operations on Fylingdales Moor

Exhibition 3 August – 3 November 2019MM-w76-FTLP-012017 (Jennie Reggie Clio and Tony) (2016-2017)

The Unblinking Eye:55 Years of Space Operations on Fylingdales Moor makes public for the first time objects from RAF Fylingdales Archive alongside new works by Dr Michael Mulvihill. Dr Mulvihill has been the first Artist in Residence at RAF Fylingdales (2016-2019) as part of an AHRC Northern Bridge PhD between the School of Arts and Cultures and School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University. The exhibition presents new research on the history and affects of RAF Fylingdales in local, national and international contexts, highlighting North York Moors integral role in international space monitoring and the cultural legacy of the iconic “golf balls”.

To complement the exhibition there will be a series of public programme events outlined below and an exhibition catalogue.

Remembering the Golf Balls: Saturday 31st August 12.00-16.00                                          Drop-in Oral History Collection                                                                                                    Do you have memories of RAF Fylingdales? Did you or someone you know work there? Can you remember it being built? Come along to this drop-in session in the Normanby Room at Whitby Museum and share your memories which will build the foundations of an oral history archive. The memory collection should take around 15 minutes per person, recorded and then transcribed for archiving.

Military Landscapes: Sunday 8th September 11.00-14.00                                                        Free Guided Walk from Saltergate Car Park towards RAF Fylingdales                            Dr Michael Mulvihill and Professor Rachel Woodward (human geographer specialising in military geographies, Newcastle University) will lead a walk along part of the Lyke Wake Walk towards RAF Fylingdales. The walk will make visible the complex phenomenological impressions and interactions the military and space radar has upon the landscape and environment of the North York Moors National Park.  The walk is FREE but places are very limited, for more information and to secure your place please visit our Eventbrite page by clicking here.

The Unblinking Eye                                                                                                                            Talk Thursday 19th September 18.00-19.30                                                                            Public talk in the Museum Normanby Room. Dr Michael Mulvihill (Artist in Residence at RAF Fylingdales) and Professor Richard Clay (Professor of Digital Cultures, Newcastle University) discuss the artist residency and the making of the BBC Four radio programme Two Minutes to Midnight, exploring why we are no longer afraid of nuclear annihilation, and whether we should be https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bgrwm3. The talk is FREE but tickets should be booked in advance by visiting our Eventbrite page here.

Stargazing with Whitby Astronomical Society                                                                          Saturday 26th October 19.00-20.00 (setting up 18.45)                                                            Location: Archery Green (next to the Skate Park), West Cliff, Whitby.                            An evening of stargazing led by Whitby Astronomical Society focusing on planetary observations of Saturn and Jupiter, mapping the stars and viewing satellites across the night sky, (weather permitting). No need to pre-book just join us on the night.

2019 Costume Exhibtion

The Cost of Fashion

image2 croppedThe fashion industry is one of the top 5 most polluting industries in the world.

Discover how fashion has affected our environment and wildlife since the 19th century.

Cotton production, invention of chemical dyes, slave trade, sweat- shops  and the fur industry have all contributed to environmental pollution, health issues, water shortages and cruelty to animals.

People are now buying twice as many clothes as they did 10 years ago so we need to consider the impact of this on future generations.

Find out more in our 2019 Costume Exhibition on view in our Costume Gallery until late 2019.

Pannett Art Gallery Exhibitions 2018

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

Paintings by the Staithes Group

Fylingdales Group of Artists

Lore and Living Archive

Art Meets Science – Richard Pottas & Jane Pottas

Anne Sudworth

John Freeman


15 June – 30 June

2 July – 4 August

7 August – 8 September

11 September – 20 October

23 October – 6 November

8 November – 15 December


Pannett Park Events 2019

Whitby Museum is situated in the wonderful surroundings of Pannett Park.

To find out more about the Park and also about the work done by the Friends of Pannett Park take a look at their website https://www.pannettpark.co.uk/home

Easter in the Park Wednesday 24 April 11 am – 1pm
Pannett Day Wednesday 24 July 11 am – 3 pm
Halloween Wednesday 30 October 11am – 1pm
Christmas Tree Lights Wednesday 11 December 3.30pm