Special Events

Special events & exhibitions

Whitby and the Cosmos: The Search for Dark Matter

Talks and Workshops

We are delighted to be able to offer a series of talks and workshops linked to our “Whitby and the Cosmos” exhibition. Three talks are scheduled, Meteorites in Yorkshire; Deep Science at Boulby Laboratory and Meteorites from the Moon. For more details of the talks and to book tickets please see our talks page. We are also hosting two exciting workshops –

Meteorite Workshops with Tony Kearsley

Saturday 25 May 2pm or Saturday 27 July 2pm £7 per person

Get up close and hands-on with meteorite material with expert Tony Kearsley. A fascinating two hours where you will use meteorite specimens, thin slices and slides, an array of microscopes and data from analytical microprobes to explore and investigate extra-terrestrial material found on three continents, originating from asteroids, the Moon and Mars.

Tony Kearsley is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and former Microanalyst at the Natural History Museum in London.

Numbers for the workshops are extremely limited. Please book your place using our Eventbrite page click here for Saturday 25 May or  for Saturday 27 July click here.


Exhibition 16th February to 20th July

Sponsored by the Royal Society as part of their places of science scheme, this exciting exhibition will showcase the importance of Whitby and the surrounding area in scientific research both above and below ground.

The centrepiece of the exhibition will be the ZEPLIN III dark matter detector which was used at Boulby Underground Laboratory until 2011 and has been donated to the Museum by Imperial College London. The exhibition will tell the story of the remarkable and internationally important work taking place at Boulby. More than a kilometre below the earth’s surface the laboratory is the only facility in the UK where studies into the universe’s dark matter can be carried out almost entirely free of interference from natural background radiation.Poster

But Whitby’s scientific contribution goes much further back than that. In 1768 Captain James Cook’s voyage was commissioned by the Royal Society to map the transit of Venus. This allowed astronomers to calculate the distance from the earth to the sun and other planets. The exhibition will highlight Captain Cook’s role as an innovator in scientific exploration whose work contributed to our current understanding of the universe.

The exhibition will open on Saturday 16th February and run until 20th July.

We are extremely grateful to the Royal Society, Imperial College London, Boulby Underground Laboratory and ICL (owners of Boulby Mine) for their help and support in staging this exciting exhibition.


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

Sea Around Us

Whitby Art Society

Paintings by the Staithes Group

Havens & Harbours – Frank Henry Mason

Annie Bostwick

Fylingdales Group of Artists

Whitby Art Society – Self Portraits

Out of the Darkness

9 January – 19 March

23 March – 20 May

24 May – 10 June

15 June – 29 July

31 July – 2 September

4 September – 7 October

9 October – 4 November

6 November – Christmas

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