Goole Museum is a community museum that explores the history of the town and port, and does so through permanent displays and a temporary exhibition programme. Located on the first floor of the Goole Library building, the museum features displays on the history of Goole. The museum’s Education Room is available for booking by community and school groups.
Goole Museum collects material relating to the life and times of people in the area, including the shipping and shipbuilding industries. The museum’s collections contain over 6000 photographs of Goole and the surrounding area, and have a wide selection of costumes and textiles linked to the town’s social history.
The permanent displays also feature daily life; ‘hang out’ in the backyard and discover how housework was done in the past. There are also reconstructions of the Aire & Calder diver inspecting the base of the dock wall, a Goole hair-dressers salon and a 1950’s boys bedroom.
The temporary exhibition gallery has a varied programme, which includes fine/applied arts and crafts, photography and social history. The space also includes works by local artists and community groups. Many of the local history exhibitions are created by the museum’s dedicated volunteers, who are supported by the Museum Service.
The ship wall has detailed models of ships that were built in the town, or sailed from the port. The highlight is the model of Bluebird. She was built at Goole Shipbuilding and Repair Co. Ltd in 1938 for Sir Malcolm Campbell. Sir Malcolm gained world speed records on both land and water during the 1920’s and 1930’s using the Bluebird.
Located in the Education Room, the museum’s collection of ship paintings by locally renowned artist Reuben Chappell (1870-1940) is the largest of its kind outside the National Maritime Museum. Chappell is one of Britain’s best known Pier Head painters, and would sketch details of ships to be painted as they arrived into the docks. He would then return to his studio to complete the work, either in watercolours or oils. During his early years in Goole, Chappell painted the now extinct keels and sloops, which were characteristic of the town’s docks.
Please note that lunchtime closing is 12pm – 12:30pm (Wednesday 1:30pm – 2pm)
The museum is closed on Bank Holidays.
Goole Museum, Goole Library, Carlisle Street, Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, DN14 5DS
Admittance to Goole Museum is free.
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