Special Events and Activities

Museum from Home Activities

As the museum is currently closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak we will be using this page to highlight activities that we would love you to get involved with from home.

Poetry Competition

We were delighted to receive a fantastic poem about The Hand of Glory from a lady who was lucky enough to visit us a few weeks ago. We’d love you to send us poems inspired by objects in the museum too and thought we would run a competition.

Please send us your entries to manager@whitbymuseum.org.uk we’ll choose a winner and offer a prize once we reopen; a prize for adults and a prize for children. A great English activity if you’re homeschooling at the moment.

For inspiration take a look through the website.

To take a look at some of the entries we have received so far, click on the links. Children – competition entries. Adult – competition entries.

Recycle Your Rubbish and Get Creative

We would love you to get creative with your recycling rubbish!Recycled Model

Use empty boxes, egg cartons etc and lots of imagination to create a model of something you might see in a museum. It could be a dinosaur, a ship or even a doll’s house!

Send a picture of your creation to manager@whitbymuseum.org.uk and we will share it.

We can’t wait to see your creations!


Chronicle of Curiosities

13 February – 3 July

Lit Candles on Wall 2North Yorkshire artist Layla Khoo has created an exhibition of works during her time as Artist in Residence here at Whitby Museum. The exhibition comprises museum artefacts as they’ve never been seen before, alongside new artworks made in response to these artefacts. The artworks consist of two different aspects, one to embody the artist’s own reflections on the collection, and the other to represent the people of Whitby and the ever evolving nature of collecting.

Within our notable collection of objects, is the Ripley Cabinet of Curiosities Cast Cabinet– a collection within a collection. As a key element to this exhibition, the Ripley Cabinet and it’s contents are now available to view – alongside an all new cabinet made by the people of Whitby. Members of the public were invited to take part in a public workshop, taking casts and stories from people connected with Whitby, and the curious objects which they hold dear. This object was then moulded, a replica made, and are now featured in an all new Cabinet of Curiosities.

Set for Dinner 2A table is laid for dinner, the guests all significant figures inspired by the museum collection and the history of Whitby. Each dinner guest has their own bespoke place setting inspired by themes within the museum, side plates link to these themes with verses inspired by the “Sunderland-ware” ceramics in the collection. The walls are adorned with ink illustrations on antiquated encyclopaedia pages, inspired by the extensive library collection, and the “Hand of Glory” has been liberated from it’s dark, mythic origins in the form of ceramic candle holders to light the table.

Layla Khoo is a North Yorkshire installation artist specialising in ceramics. Layla studied 3D Contemporary Crafts at York College, and gained her Masters Degree in Glass and Ceramics at the University of Sunderland. Layla is interested in historical collections, and finding new ways to bring objects and places to life. Her work focuses on creating site-specific, responsive works with elements of public participation. Recent works include the “Change In Attitudes” exhibition at National Trust property, Nunnington Hall.

Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society AGM

Sunday 8 March 2.00pm

The Annual General Meeting of Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society will take place in the Normanby Room at Whitby Museum on Sunday 8th March at 2pm.

The meeting will be followed by a short talk by Dr Jane Pottas entitled ‘Stranger on the Shore’, looking at the marine algal flora and what museum collections can tell us about the algal biodiversity of our shores.

This talk will describe some of the projects which have been funded to extract data from reference material in seaweed herbariums and what we can glean from this information.

Members and non members most welcome.


Pannett Art Gallery Exhibitions 2020

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

The Kindness of Strangers and Friends – paintings from the Pannett Collection Cancelled
The Four Seasons – Whitby Art Society Cancelled
Caedmon College Student’s Display Cancelled
Smell the Sea, Feel the Sky – Postcard Exhibition 26 May – 5 July
Paintings of the Staithes Group of Artists 10 July – 26 July
Celebrating Pannett 28 July – 30 August
Fylingdales Group of Artists 1 September – 4 October
Captain Cook Museum, Botanical Prints 6 October – 13 December

Pannett Park Events 2020

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 Cancelled 11 am – 1pm
Pannett Day Wednesday 22 July 11 am – 3 pm
Halloween Wednesday 28 October 11am – 1pm