Special Events and Activities


John Tindale: A Vision of Whitby

The exhibition shows the photography of John Tindale from scenic landscapes to portraiture and news photography. It also documents his life and how his involvement in Whitby life strengthened over time as he became involved in preserving its culture and past as well as helping to build a vision for its future through film, artefacts, illustrations, photographic material, information and in a first for Whitby Museum touchscreen technology.

Find out more about this exciting exhibition by visiting our dedicated page John Tindale: A Vision of Whitby.

Costume Gallery

Whitby Wedding: and the bride wore…

Complementing our feature exhibition John Tindale: A Vision of Whitby the Costume Gallery exhibition looks at wedding attire from the second half of the 20th century when John Tindale was a wedding photographer.

See for the first time the stunning wedding dress of the late Marchioness of Normanby kindly loaned to us by the family for the exhibition and the wedding dress worn by Rhoda Smith wife of Peter Walker, aka Nicholas Rhea, author of the Heartbeat novels. Rhoda accompanied her dress with wellington boots as she battled through a snowdrift!

The exhibition also includes a touchscreen wall of weddings featured in the Whitby Gazette from 1950 to 1999.


Museum from Home Activities

During the recent museum closures we have made available some museum from home activities. A selection are featured below.

Word Search

See if you can find the exhibits hidden in the museum word search.

Download and print it  here Whitby Museum Word Search.

Fossil Activities

Whitby Museum is famous for it’s collection of fossils which were all found very close to Whitby.

Why not have a go at our fossil activities. There are sheets to colour and details of how you can make your own fossils from Playdoh and salt dough.salt dough 1 (2)

Download the activity sheets by clicking on the link and why not send us pictures of the things you’ve made to manager@whitbymuseum.org.uk.

Ammonite Colouring

Teleosaur colouring

Make your own Fossil

Other Cultures Activity: Totem Poles

Whitby Museum has a varied collection of items from other cultures. The collection reflects the worldwide travels of local people especially during the era of sailing ships.

The largest item among this collection is our magnificent totem pole. Totem poles were built by Native American tribes living along the Northwest Pacific coast of North America. They could measure up to 12 metres in height and were carved with images of animals and symbols showing a family’s status within the tribe. Common carvings were ravens, eagles, bears and wolves.Totem 2 (2)Totem (2)

Our totem pole comes from Nootka Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The area was discovered by Captain James Cook. Although our totem pole does not originate from Captain Cook he is known to have seen some when he was there.

Download the activity sheets and have a go at designing your own totem pole, colour in our totem pole or make your own model using a cardboard tube and sticking objects to it, you could use symbols that are relevant to your own family. Click here for totem colouring sheet. Click here for totem design sheet.

Remember to send your finished designs, colourings and models to manager@whitbymuseum.org.uk.

Pannett Art Gallery Exhibitions 2021

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.

June 22 to July 30  ‘Watch this Space’ an eclectic mix of artwork from Whitby Art Society

Coming Soon ‘Coastal by Jo and Hannah Chesterman

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

Pannett Park 

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