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Special events & exhibitions


John Tindale Photographs

Come along and take a seat and watch a 20 minute show of local photographs taken by the late John Tindale.

Images for the shows were taken by John for sale to the various newspapers to which he supplied pictures. He also displayed most of them on the two large notice boards outside his chemists shop in Skinner Street.

They are copies of "proof prints", so they are not as crisp in focus as if they were professional prints for sale.
Can you help us identify who, where and when the image was taken?  Pens and paper are supplied so you can jot down who, when and where you think they were taken. The shows will be changed on a regular basis so you can revisit us.


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

Fylingdales Group of Artists Wednesday 31st August - Wednesday 12th October
Whitby Art Society Air Ambulance Exhibition Saturday 15th October - Sunday 27th November