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Events and Activities

Summer holidays are here and lots to do!

We have had a busy season with lots of exciting events.  Highlights listed here include kids and family workshops, and there is more to come over the season. 

And if you just want to go round the Museum there are always activities and trails for kids - Make your Mark is extremely popular and allows kids to respond to some of the things they have seen.

All workshops £1 or free with Museum entry!


Tuesday 9th July - Twists and knots - Rope craft

Make your own rope from strands of twine, and create a knotted keyring with the rope to take home.  Artist Jo Whitney leads this fun workshop for all.  Drop in 11.00am - 4.00pm


Wednesday 15th August - 'Leaf an impression!' - Printing workshop for all ages

Artist Rachael Boddington leads this workshop inspired by Polynesian cloth printing methods.  Leave an imprint using an array of natural finds and flora - press painted feathers, leaves and shells onto calico cotton fabric to make a personal presentation panel to take home.  Drop in 11.00am - 4.00pm

Workshop printing

Tuesday 21st August - Making Money!

Whitby's first banks were set up in the time of Captain Cook, as you can see in this year's special exhibition.  Artist Jo Whitney shows you how to write and print your own Whitby banks, and then have a go at engraving a coin design.    Drop in 11.00am - 4.00pm


Watch this page for updates throughout the season

18th - 24th August is Folk Week!

Come along and see performers singing or dancing in our beautiful courtyard at 12.00 pm every day during this week.  It has become a favourite venue for performers and audiences alike.


Tuesday 28th August - 'Art-o-graphs' for kids and grown-ups

Make mathematical artworks using graph paper, chart pins and snazzy strings. Wind your thread from point to point to reveal beguiling patterns.  With artist Rachael Boddington.   Drop in 11.00am - 4.00pm  


Saturday 1st - Sunday 2nd September - HMS weekend!

Come and join the marvellous band of re-enactors from the Historical Maritime Society (pictured above doing some cooking for the ship) for fun this weekend. Perhaps you might end up in the Press Gang, or learn how to navigate aboard, or see how the Surgeon dealt with scurvy, wounds and broken bones!


Tuesday 30th October - 'Lantern making: wild dogs and Englishmen!'

For kids and grown-ups - decorate your own illuminated glass jar latern with die cut silhouette shapes and free-form colourful papers.  Inspired by the theme of the dingo in New Holland (Australia).  Drop in 11.00am - 4.00pm

All workshops £1 or free with Museum entry!


George Stubbs and his Portrait of a Large Dog

Conservator Anna Don recreated Stubbs' portrait of a dingo for the National Maritime Museum, still showing in our Learning Centre until early September, when it returns to London.  Stubbs painted in wax!  This gives a wonderful impression of soft fur and the dingo gazing rather romantically into the distance. How like a dingo is it?

George Stubbs Portrait of a large dog (dingo)

Stubbs' Portrait of a Large Dog, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

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