Scarborough Museums Trust and Woodend merge to form Scarborough Museums and Galleries
The newly formed organization will provide an exciting range of creative and cultural activities for Scarborough residents and visitors to the Yorkshire coast. At the center will be the Rotunda Museum of Coastal Heritage and Geology, the Scarborough Art Gallery, the Woodend Gallery and Studios and the 250,000 objects in Scarborough’s collections.
Managing Director of Scarborough Museums and Galleries, Andrew Clay, said: “Our main aim is to provide a first-class cultural experience for the citizens of Scarborough.
“We have three remarkable Grade II listed buildings and a collection that reflects 200 million years of local history.
“Over time, we want to make sure that as many people as possible have access to a timeline that starts with the dinosaurs and along the way includes the 4,000-year-old Gristhorpe man, ancient Greek and Roman gold coins, the macabre dodging medieval stool, Victorian paintings, contemporary art and a fascinating collection of ephemera and social history, not to mention 80,000 insect specimens.
“We are also committed to supporting Scarborough’s creative industries and promoting this important contribution to the local economy – we currently employ 20 people.”
“Scarborough Museums and Galleries are just getting started and are already engaged in a number of important projects.
“We recently secured £256,000 for the restoration of the rotunda facade and the From Local to Global project explores aspects of collecting in a colonial context. We also engage members of the local community through our new volunteer program.
Future plans include the renovation of the Scarborough Art Gallery and a “Museum on the Main Street” which will begin with the Fossil Festival in September.
In addition, a new website has been launched which will allow schools and families to access a wide range of learning activities.
Coffee, cakes and delicious food are also available at Sitwell by Eat Me which opened in Woodend last year.
Mike Greene, chief executive of Scarborough Borough Council, said: “Scarborough is a cultural powerhouse on the Yorkshire coast.
“The creation of Scarborough’s new museums and galleries is a welcome development and will contribute enormously to the council’s ambition to expand cultural offerings throughout the year.
“We very much look forward to working with the museum and the galleries as it develops its own plans for the future.”
The Rotunda Museums and Scarborough Art Gallery are open 10am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday, plus Bank Holiday Monday. Admission is free with the purchase of a £3 annual pass (not required for under 18s). Admission to the Woodend Gallery is free; it is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Sitwell by Eat Me Café is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.