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Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre

The Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre is a little gem waiting to be discovered. Situated a short distance up the main road from the historic harbour, the Centre is crammed with lots of interesting exhibits and information about Scarborough's fascinating past. Volunteers are mostly local people, including ex fishermen, with lots of knowledge. They can give you a personal introduction to the exciting growth of Scarborough from a Viking settlement to the heyday of shipbuilding, the bombardment in WW1, our connections with the Titanic and much more.

Our current exhibition is on World War One and runs until November. 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.

The SMHC is a registered charity, number 1144532 & a company limited by guarentee in England & Wales number 6755717. The Centre's aim is to educate the public about Scarborough's maritime heritage and to make it available to all and for future generations.

If you are interested in reading about Scarborough's maritime history you can select from any of the headings at the top, right or bottom of this page 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

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