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Fishing Heritage Centre - Galleries and exhibitions

Excavations and Estuaries Exhibition

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Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre


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


01472 326286 option 2 then option 3


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

Wheelchair access Wheelchair access

Adapted toilet Adapted toilet

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Exhibition press release

Excavation and Extuaries press release


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

On March 5th 2013, the museum was honoured to have been visited by HRH Duchess of Cambridge. Select the following link below for video of the visit:

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

Our Heritage
29thJuly to 8th September 2014
Work inspired by the Grimsby Fishing Industry and our beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds. An exciting collection of artworks from learners who attend Community Learning Classes. The exhibition includes textiles and mixed media work, a very impressive collection; well worth a look!

9th September – 29th September 2014
Chronicle of Stitch
Chronicle of stitch narrates a rich body of work, beautifully stitched by textile students from NELCS - Community Learning Services. An opportunity to explore their professional development. Encompasses a wide and varied approach to some interesting topics. For example ‘the aesthetic and intellectual woman’, cultural issues, our natural environment and much more

Carole Morton
30th September 2014 to 4th January 2015
Local Artist who paints a variety of scenes of bygone Grimsby.

Kevin Atkins &Sam Delaney
6th January – 1st March 2015
Local artists known for their involvement with the Creative Start community group. Both artists work in many mediums but specialise in pop art.

Mark Ives
3rd March – 31st May 2015

Local artist who paints a variety of subjects related to the coast and the fishing industry.

Murial Barker Gallery

 Excavations and Estuaries
1 July to 10 August

Part of a series of exhibitions exploring the coastal landscape of North East Lincolnshire. Excavations & Estuaries is part of The Nature of Landscape project, developed and curated by Linda Ingham. The project is a platform for artists and academics whose main consideration is landscape issues within their work.

Full details of this exhibition are available by downloading the attachment at the side of this page

Ebb and Flow: 62 Group
9 September to 2 November

An exhibition of work by the internationally renowned 62 Group. The artists have taken inspiration from the collections of North East Lincolnshire Museum Service to create beautiful artwork for display at Grimsby Minster and the upper floor of the Muriel Barker Gallery. Since it was formed in 1962 some of the most highly regarded British textile artists have been members of the 62 Group of Textile Artists. The group stages an ambitious and innovative annual programme of exhibitions and promotes and encourages greater awareness of textile art through education.

Sleigh Belles
9 September to 2 November

An exhibition of some of the finest costume in the Joan Sleigh collection. Joan Sleigh was a teacher who created a large collection of costume and textiles in her lifetime. The collection was bequeathed to North East Lincolnshire Museum Service in 2008.

Eleven Eleven Eleven
11 November 2014 to 4 January 2015

An exhibition commemorating the efforts made by Grimsby Minesweepers during and after the First World War.

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 Louise Bowen 01472 323560 or email

The galleries are also available to rent for exhibitions.  Please contact 01472 323560 or email for more details.

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