Museum opening May 22nd

We will be reopening the museum on May 22nd with a lot of new exhibits on the ground floor including Women of Hedon

The season of temporary exhibitions will start with , A Diamond Celebration , 60 years of Hedon army cadets receiving the freedom of the borough.

Come along and see us we have missed you all

The Museum Shop

The Hedon Museum Shop remains open for business and we have some new items for sale this year, including postcards and glow-in-the-dark bouncy balls!

Hedon Museum has been open all week for Heritage Week but now we’ll return to our normal schedule, so you’ll be able to take a look at our exhibition and our shop every Wednesday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm!


Hedon Museum postcards are also available in Occasions in Hedon.

More about Heritage Week HERE.


United Towing Co at Hedon Museum

Join us safely at Hedon Museum on 5th September to learn about the proud maritime tradition of the Humber! In 1920, 7 companies joined forces to form United Towing Co Ltd, and were mostly involved in river and coastal towage but, in 1925, the first ocean towage was performed. The tow cost £3,600 pounds. That is approximately £153,000 in todays money, and the profit was over £4000 in todays money. In the following years, United Towing Co became a familiar sight in the worlds oceans.

In the late 1980s, United Towing Co withdrew from the worlds oceans, but its memory is kept alive. The manning of tugs was very much a family business, and a career with the company can still today be an introduction to a seafaring life. The immediate objective of United Towing Co in the modern era, is to keep alive the memory of the company, its tugs and its crews.

5th September – 10th October. Wednesdays & Saturdays. 10am – 4pm.

Hedon Museum Heritage Weekend Dates

Heritage Week

Hedon Museum will be opening safely for Heritage Week, along with other historic attractions in Hedon. Below is a list of dates and times for you to jot down on your calendar.

This will be our exhibition – United Towing Co

Hedon Museum

Fri 11th Sept 10:00 – 16:00

Sat 12th Sept 10:00 16:00

Mon 14th – Sat 19th Sept 10:00 – 16:00


Ss.. Mary and Joseph

Sat 19th Sept 14:30 – 16:30

Sun 20th Sept 14:30 – 16:30


St. Augustine’s

Sat 12th Sept 10:00 – 16:00

Sun 13th Sept 10:00 – 16:00

Sat 19th Sept 10:00 – 16:00

Sun 20th Sept 10:00 – 16:00


Tower tours will be between 13:30 and 15:00 each open day – BOOKING ONLY – only 8 at a time – to make bookings please contact


Ivy House, Market Hill

Sat 19th Sept 12:00 – 16:00

Sun 20th Sept 12:00 – 16:00


We hope to see you during the event!

The Pingsdorf Pot – 12th Century wine pitcher in perfect condition

Post Covid-19 Plans

Hedon Museum has been obeying government guidelines on social distancing but, now that the lockdown is easing, we are considering how we will proceed for the rest of the year. The Hedon Museum Committee will be meeting in July to discuss the possibility of reopening in September. More updates will be shared here and on Hedon Museum social media.





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The Pingsdorf Pot – 12th Century wine pitcher in perfect condition


Hedon Museum is closed for the winter but next year is already planned! We’ll open again on 4th March with history exhibitions including cameras, 70s culture, pub signs and United Towing Co Ltd. We’ll also have arts and crafts exhibitions including paintings, ceramics and wood turning. We look forward to welcoming you in 2020!

Hidden Holderness – SHARE YOUR MEMORIES!

This Halloween at Hedon Museum, we’re inviting you to share your memories with us.

Our latest area of research is ‘shops’ and we want to hear your stories about Hedon and other local villages.

We would love to see you on Thursday 31st October from 1pm to 4pm at Hedon Museum!


Keep the Home Fires Burning – The People Go to War

This new Hedon Museum exhibition is commemorating 80 years since the beginning of WWII. The exhibition will focus on how the people at home helped to win the war.

On Friday 1st September 1939, Hitler invaded Poland. In response, Britain sent an ultimatum to Germany, demanding the immediate withdrawal of its troops from Poland. Hitler ignored it, thereby courting what is now considered to be the deadliest military conflict in history, ending the lives of approximately 75 million people worldwide.

At 11am on Sunday 3rd September 1939, the then Prime Minister of Great Britain, Neville Chamberlain, made a historic broadcast. He confirmed what many already feared, that we would be at war with Germany.

Chamberlain has gone down in history as the man who led a policy of ignorance to Hitler’s ambitions of Germany becoming a world power. With the memories of the WWI still fresh in the minds of the adult population, known previously as ‘the war to end all wars’, it was not surprising that the nation desired a lasting peace. However, the facts now show that, in spite of Chamberlain’s 3 visits to see Hitler in the hope of making peace, preparations for conflict were being made as early as July 1936. In that month, the first mass production of gas masks began. By December 1938, a National Register for war service had been opened on a voluntary basis, and in the same month the first few Jewish children arrived in Britain from Germany. The government allocated £200,000 for the building of air raid shelters, and a series of leaflets and pamphlets were printed and distributed on how to use a gas mask.

During the conflict, with the armed service busy at the front, the people back home had to play their part too. Everybody did their bit. Local organisations such as The Civil Defence, A.R.P., The Home Guard, The Land Army, The Volunteer Fire Service, The Secret Army, The Red Cross, The W.I., The Observer Corps, Special Constables and others rapidly formed or were expanded. The people at home were truly vital to the war effort.

11th September – 2nd November. Wednesdays & Saturdays 10am-4pm. FREE ADMISSION. Refreshments available. Souvenirs and pre-loved books for sale.

James Lee & Dianne Brown

Our double exhibition is quite a treat for art-lovers. There will be realism, impressionism, abstract and surrealism. If you want to see huge variations in style all in one room, then Hedon Museum is the place to be. This is the ideal display for art students to visit for research, advice and ideas.

James Lee is returning, a year after exhibiting with The Secret Artists. He’ll be bringing the favourites from the previous exhibition, as well as new series of works, including nature paintings on broken wood. His incredible skill with realism caught the attention of our visitors last Spring and will certainly impress again. The eyes of the primates and big cats look so alive you can hardly believe they’re painted! James Lee has also produced a new dot-work series of landmarks in Hull. It takes a great deal of patience to create these pictures, made entirely of tiny dots. Equally enchanting are his portrait series of tribal-style women. These intense and spiritual portraits will undoubtedly draw you in.

Dianne Brown, who works under the name Artizanne Muralz, is sharing the space to display works of art unlike any we’ve displayed before at Hedon Museum. She has a BA (hons) in Animation and has dabbled with many art forms and styles but specialises in murals and enjoys painting murals for children. You might recognise her work in the Chatty Couch on St Augustine’s Gate, Hedon. Bored with the ordinary and traditional, she turned her style around to try something very different. She is fascinated by surrealism and takes her inspiration from Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte and M C Escher. Her paintings are skilful, thought provoking and amusing. Pop in for a look and they’ll put a happy smile on your face for the rest of your day.

19th June – 13th July. Refreshments available. Pre-loved books for sale.