Street-Life Artists of Yorkshire

From busy shopping streets and market scenes to broken country buildings, this is street-life art at its best and in every medium. Paint, pencil, pen and even collage! Five art groups, from Hedon, Preston, Cottingham, Holmpton & Kilham have all come together for a wonderful themed exhibition. Expect every style too. Realism, abstract, impressionist and even an optical illusion which has to be seen to be believed!

This isn’t their first exhibition either. In fact, the groups put on their very first display at Hedon Museum and have since gone on to do many others, including a recent exhibition at Burton Constable Hall.

For this exhibition ONLY Hedon Museum will be opening for five days a week! For just a month you’ll be able to visit us from Tuesday to Saturday.

Opening times at 10am – 4pm. Exhibition runs Wednesday 27th June – Saturday 28th July. FREE ADMISSION. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available. Souvenirs and books for sale.


Last chance to see!

Saturday is your last chance to see Kate Dennett’s unique collection of historical handkerchiefs.

For more information click here to see the original press release.

One for the History Books

According to the British Geological Survey, at 23:14 on 9th June a minor earthquake occurred very close to us. It has been reported that the epicentre was in the Humber Estuary near Grimsby, but the map and exact location in latitude and longitude, as provided to the world by the British Geological Survey, shows it was actually about half a mile ESE of Sunk Island.

It was magnitude 3.9 on the Richter scale and 18 kilometres (just over 11 miles) deep. The Hull Daily Mail website is running a poll which so far suggests about half of the local population didn’t even notice it had happened. However, within seconds Twitter had come alive with people checking they hadn’t imagined it. Some tweets claimed that their houses had violently shook, dogs had gone crazy, pictures had fallen off the wall and a bird from its perch, and the streets filled with questioning neighbours.

In a certain household in Hedon, a single little shake was felt in the house, noticed by 2 of 4 occupants, which includes a rather lazy dog. The 3rd occupant couldn’t fail to notice the very loud rumble but the dog still couldn’t be bothered to raise her head. In a home in Walkington, they heard the rumble but felt no shake, and thought nothing of it until hearing the news the next day.

For those who felt the effects of the quake more than others, there is no need to panic. Earthquakes are more common than you might think, even here in the UK, but they’re usually too small for us to notice. In the case of this particular earthquake, no damage has been reported. Though it was far smaller than the Market Rasen 5.2 magnitude earthquake of 2008, it has been a nice little bit of excitement for the local area and certainly something to talk about.

If you felt the quake, the British Geological Survey have requested that you fill in a simple questionnaire for their records. If this is something you wish to do please click here.


Our current exhibition – History in Handkerchiefs

History in Handkerchiefs

Hedon Museum was so impressed by Kate Dennett’s informative and beautiful exhibition, back in 2016, that we just had to have her back!

Kate Dennett’s collection of historical handkerchiefs began in the West Indies during the 1970s, where an elegant lace handkerchief laying on the pavement of a town square caught her eye. Encouraged by her degree in Graphic Design and interest in textiles, she continued from there to collect a mass of enchanting examples dating from the Victorian era to the present day, from handmade to machine-made, from lace to colour.

This is an exhibition for lovers of elegance, for those with an interest in the changing of styles through the progression of time, and anyone interested in design, textile or otherwise.

Exhibition runs Wednesday 16th May – Saturday 23rd June. Opening times are every Wednesday and Saturday 10am – 4pm. FREE ADMISSION. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available. Souvenirs and books for sale.

The Secret Artists at Hedon Museum

Don’t worry you won’t be expected to keep any secrets! The name originates from the idea that a great many people out there have hidden interests and talents in art. This wonderful group endeavours to find other ‘secret’ artists and encourage new ones in every medium, encompassing painters, sketchers, woodworkers and clay sculptors. Is there a ‘secret’ artist within you? Find out by seeking inspiration at Hedon Museum.

The Secret Artists Official Website

Exhibition runs Wednesday 11th April – Saturday 12th May. Opening times are every Wednesday and Saturday 10am – 4pm. FREE ADMISSION. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available. Souvenirs and books for sale.

A Pictorial History of East Yorkshire

For those of you who don’t know about the HEY (Hull & East Yorkshire) History Calendar, you’re missing out on a wealth of local information! Every day for over a year Carol Osgerby has posted on Facebook about a local historical event which happened on that day. Followers of the page, of which there are over 450, will learn something new every day about the beautiful county they live in. The history classes in school can often forget that we’re all a part of history, which is why the HEY History Calendar is so wonderful. The Facebook page focuses mostly upon ordinary people rather than the rich and famous, and dates as old as possible. Much of what has been learned so far will be put on display at Hedon Museum.

Displayed alongside will be a collection of historical photographs, newspaper clippings and maps. Robert Butler returns to Hedon Museum with his enchanting collection inspired by his love of local history. Anyone who lives in Paull, Burstwick, Thorngumbald, Keyingham, Ottringham and Patrington will find a real treat waiting for them in our upstairs gallery, in historical pictures of their towns and villages. You might also find something surprising in the newspaper clippings too. It’s not uncommon to find a little family history among the pages.

HEY History Calendar Facebook Page

Exhibition runs Wednesday 7th March – Saturday 7th April. Opening times are every Wednesday and Saturday 10am – 4pm. FREE ADMISSION. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available. Souvenirs and books for sale.

2018 Exhibition Schedule

2018 at Hedon Museum

This year at Hedon Museum we have the full range of art in many themes and styles, local history and two anniversaries – the NHS and the Armistice.

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The History behind Pancakes

These days Pancake Day is something to spend extra money on. We buy lemons, oranges, strawberries, chocolate spread or whatever else we might like to put on them but this was not always the case.

Rather than buying ingredients you wouldn’t usually be keeping in the house, for centuries pancakes were a way of using up spare flour, eggs and milk before Lent. Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the day of feasting directly before Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent). Traditionally it was the last day you could enjoy filling your stomach which rich foods which would have to be avoided during the 40 days leading up to Easter.

Read more about Pancake Day and learn to make pancakes the Victorian way here – English Heritage Blog

Festival of Christmas Trees

Every year at All Saint’s Church, Preston, a festival of Christmas trees is held. The lights and varied decorations are both beautiful and interesting, and the ancient church is a must-see location for all lovers of architecture and history. Snowflake tree decorations are available to buy, as well as books related to the church.

All Saint’s Church is open for the next 2 weekends from 1pm to 4pm. For more information on the Festival of Christmas Trees click here.

Hedon Museum is closed for the winter but East Yorkshire is still well worth a visit for walks and historic attractions.

The Secret is Revealed

For several months Craft Project Hull has been planning a secret project to be revealed in Hedon and other locations in the local area. Dubbed ‘The Pink Pig Tree’, the project had a group of volunteers up in the early hours of this morning to decorate a tree on Market Hill with little pigs. Every little pink pig has been made by the project volunteers from scratch.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to see an amazing project which is only available to see for 1 week! On Sunday 10th December the pink pigs will come down and be donated to Hedon Museum.

Hedon Museum is now closed for the winter, so the little pink pigs will be available to buy in Spring 2018.

Other local projects also involve decorating a selected tree, but each one has a different theme. For a map showing the locations of all the craft trees click here.

To see our YouTube channel click here.