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Special events & exhibitions


Royal Meteorological Society Meeting

The Museum is hosting a meeting of the Royal Meteorological Society (RMS) on Saturday 21st May 2016 celebrating the 200th anniversary of "1816 - the year without a summer". Registration is essential - admission to the talks is £35. Details are available on the RMS website at the following link - RMS


Wedding Dress Exhibition

The exhibition at Whitby Museum, which opened at the beginning of the year and finishes in December, is a selection of the wedding dresses which have been donated to the museum since the formation of the Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society in 1823. Our wedding dresses date as far back as 1805 and reflect the changing styles through the years.

We have stunning dresses dating from the 1860s to the middle of the 20th century reflecting fashion trends of each era. There are hats, shoes, veils and other accessories which give a glimpse of the fantastic items we have in the collection. Many of the dresses were from weddings in the Whitby area and are displayed with photographs, where available, to complete the picture. Several local families are represented in the exhibition and in the photograph album.

A faded mauve wedding dress is on display which would have been worn by someone in semi or half mourning unlike our black wedding dress worn by a Mrs Gardener whose father died just before her marriage.

In the 18th century white was one of many colours worn for marriage as dresses were intended to be used again and not just for a single occasion. Hence, we have wedding dresses in several different colours in the exhibition.

Queen Victoria's decision to wear white when she married Prince Albert in 1840 started a fashion that has now become the traditional choice in many parts of the world. Likewise, dresses and headwear trimmed with orange blossom, which was a symbol of fertility, became popular. A dress in the exhibition dated 1870 is a fine example of this along with several bridal wreaths on display.

We hope to display our extensive shoe collection next year so if anyone has any footwear of interest please contact the volunteers in the costume gallery at the museum.





Pannett Art Gallery Exhibitions 2016

The Pannett Art Gallery is run by Whitby Town Council (not the Whitby Literary & Philosophical Society). However because of its proximity to the Museum and interest to Museum visitors the exhibition programme for 2016 is given below. Admission is free. Information courtesy of Ms. Helen Berry, Curator.

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/FAX (01947) 820227 or E MAIL: pannettgallery@hotmail.co.uk

Whitby Art Society Saturday 19th March - Monday 2nd May
Caedmon College, Whitby Student Exhibition Saturday 7th May - Sunday 15th May
Derek Slater & Andrew Cheetham Thursday 19th May - Tuesday 28th June
Staithes Group of Artists Saturday 2nd July - Sunday 17th July
SEAT Wednesday 20th July - Monday 29th August
Fylingdales Group of Artists Wednesday 31st August - Wednesday 12th October
Whitby Art Society Air Ambulance Exhibition Saturday 15th October - Sunday 27th November