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Fishing Heritage Centre - Galleries and exhibitions

Harold Gosney

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Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre


Alexandra Dock, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1UZ


01472 323345


Opening Times




November 1st - March 31st 10am - 4pm. April 1st - October 31st 10am - 5pm


November 1st - March 31st 10am - 4pm. April 1st - October 31st 10am - 5pm


November 1st - March 31st 10am - 4pm. April 1st - October 31st 10am - 5pm


November 1st - March 31st 10am - 4pm. April 1st - October 31st 10am - 5pm


November 1st - March 31st 10am - 4pm. April 1st - October 31st 10am - 5pm


November 1st - March 31st 10am - 4pm. April 1st - October 31st 10am - 5pm

Bank Holidays:

November 1st - March 31st 10am - 4pm. April 1st - October 31st 10am - 5pm

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The Fishing Heritage Centre has two exhibition galleries, Muriel Barker Gallery and the Cafe Gallery.

A night at the Museum Thursday 14th May will see Grimsby's Fishing Heritage Centre open up after hours as part of this year’s Museums at Night celebration of arts, culture and heritage. Admission to the centre will be free from 5pm to 8pm (last admission is at 7.30pm) and a range of activities will be taking place.

If you missed the official opening of the Harold Gosney’s Retrospective exhibition, then the evening will provide a chance to meet the artist as he gives a guided tour of the exhibition along with fellow former Grimsby College of Art tutor Alf Ludlam.
Upstairs in the education room, local textile artist Nicky Dillerstone will be running heritage themed children’s arts and crafts activities and local actress Sara Beasley will bring characters to life within the Museum itself.
Join in this evening experience, there will be something for all the family to enjoy. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Please call 01472 323345 or email if you require further information. Car parking charges apply until 6pm, but normal refund policy does not apply after for this event

The museum hosts temporary exhibitions ranging from a mixture of travelling shows and exhibitions created from the Museum Service’s own collections and works by local artists and organisations.

Café Gallery

Mark Ives

3rd March – 31st May 2015
Local artist who paints a variety of subjects related to the coast and the fishing industry.

Born in Grimsby in 1967, Mark has always had an interest in the history of the fishing industry ,and his first job on leaving school was working on the Pontoon at Grimsby docks. Much of his work reflects this and other aspects of local history e.g. the `Chums` in the First World War.

Although he has always had an artistic eye, it was only when a serious accident left him disabled by a broken back, that he began his art work in earnest. What started as a therapeutic exercise to distract him from the pain of his injury, soon became a serious creative endeavour.

Having been entirely self taught, his artwork reflects his distinctive style and his attention to detail. He works mostly in pencil, charcoal and pastels. He has also undertaken commissions for portraits of humans, dogs, and horses.Prints and limited editions of his work are available for sale during the exhibition and ask at main reception.


Murial Barker Gallery

Horold Grosney - Retrospective

7th February to 2nd August 2014

A retrospective of art pieces by renowned artist Harold Gosney. The exhibition will include 2D artworks and sculptures

Perseverance: A Celebration of 100 Years Afloat

Terry Clarke
To celebrate the birthday of one of our vessels the Perseverance, local artist Terry Clarke has created a series of artworks and sketches marking her 100th year. The Perserverance was built in 1914 and spent many years working as a shrimping vessels before being sold to Great Grimsby Council in 1987 for restoration and exhibition in the Fishing Heritage Centre. Terry’s artwork is on display in the foyer at atrium at the Heritage Centre.

Opening times

Winter - 1st November to 31st March
Tuesday to Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm (closed Monday)
Saturday and Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm (including Bank Holidays)

Summer - 1st April to 31st October
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm (Closed Mondays)
Bank holiday Mondays open 10:00am - 5:00pm

Last admission into the Galleries is one hour prior to closing time.

For more details about exhibitions contact Rachel McWilliam on 01472 323004 or

 The galleries are also available to rent for exhibitions.  Please contact Rachel McWilliam on 01472 323004 or

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