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Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre

WELCOME to the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre website. We are a group of dedicated volunteers trying to save Scarborough's fantastic history from dissapearing. Our Centre is situated close to the historic harbour and is full of interesting exhibits and information about Scarborough's fascinating past. Volunteers are mostly local people, including ex fishermen, who can give you a personal introduction from a Roman and Viking settlement to the heyday of shipbuilding, the 1914 bombardment, tuna and herring fishing, maritime superstitions, storms and shipwrecks, our connections with the Titanic and much more.

Our current exhibition is on the 1914 bombardment of Scarborough by German battlecruisers on 16/12/14, our 911! We have a new centenary book available and will play a major role in the commemoration at the town hall. Entrance to the exhibition is FREE and we are open Wednesday to Sunday 11am until 4pm.

The SMHC is run entirely by volunteers and public donations. If you enjoy looking at this website please think about giving a donation at localgiving.com by typing 'scarborough' on its homepage.

If you are interested in reading about Scarborough's history you can select from any of the headings at the top, right or below. Or by entering a search word into the 'search site' box.

The Centre holds many first hand accounts of life at sea, shipwrecks and the fishing communities. Would you like to read them? Click Here

Would you like to read a history of World War One by Paul Allen? Click Here

Interested in local history? If so then the Centre has over 50 short articles written by the local historian John Rushton. Click Here

Would you like to read about the lives of Scarborough people in the 1920s Click Here

The Centre also holds many photographs which have been donated from family collections. Try these from the Hodds family Click Here

There are also many links to other good websites on our 'Links' page, see the tabs at the top of this page or from the main menu.

Videos on maritime superstitions, net mending, trawling etc:

In 2012 we carried out a series of interviews with local fishermen and their families about old superstitions. Please click on the links below to take you to the Youtube videos.

Tony East - 8 minutes Click Here

Cassie Pelucci - 6 minutes Click Here

Bill Pashby (Deceased 2013) - 2 minutes Click Here

Tom Rowley - 7 minutes Click Here

Jim Sheader - 3 minutes Click Here

Rachel Jenkinson - 8 minutes Click Here

Allan Roberts - 6 minutes Click Here

Shirley Sheader - 2 minutes Click Here

Margaret Clark - 2 minutes Click Here

Intergenerational maritime recording: Some young and old Scarborians talk together about their lives and produced an exhibition about life during world war two. - 14 minutes Click Here

Tom Rowley demonstrates net mending - 4 minutes Click Here

Tom Rowley talks about trawling - 5 minutes Click Here

Tom Rowley demonstrates some rope work - 2 minutes Click Here