North East Lincolnshire Council

Galleries, exhibitions and collections

Museum collections

The Museum Service holds the collection of museum objects for the towns of Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Immingham and the surrounding villages, which make up the area of North East Lincolnshire.

This wide-ranging collection includes artworks, costumes, ship models, books, social history objects, fishing-related objects and much more. It is currently kept in a purpose-built, climate-controlled and secure store.

There are a couple of notable collections:

  • The Doughty Collection is one. This collection of maritime art, ship models and chinaware was bequested to the town of Grimsby by Wilfred Vere Doughty on his death in 1941. It had been put together by Wilfred and his father, former Great Grimsby MP Sir George Doughty. Both were prominent and wealthy businessmen and the collection was left to the town to be the foundation of the museum collection. The artworks and ship models are some of the most famous items in the collection and are frequently used by the Museum Service in temporary exhibitions
  • The Joan Sleigh Bequest, which is made up of the costumes that were collected by this well-known and respected local costume and textile teacher. Over her lifetime, she built up an extremely large private collection of clothing (which covers hundreds of years) and on her death it was left to the town in the care of the Museum Service


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

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.

Murial Barker Gallery

Down to the Sea in Ships


8 October 2016 to Sunday 26 February 2017

Sail on down to Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre for a rare chance to see some of the maritime paintings and ship models from the collections of North East Lincolnshire Museum Service. The exhibition explores how artists have been inspired by the power and beauty of the sea.

Doughty Gallery

Elegance and Beauty


An Exhibition of Beautiful Ceramics from the Collections of North East Lincolnshire Museum Service
Open from 11 June 2016 to 3 June 2018

Elegance and Beauty brings together ceramics from across 200 years from the late 1600s to the late 1800s. View these beautiful objects alongside some stunning artworks from the museum collection. There is plenty to keep little ones occupied with a gallery quiz, puzzles, books, games and handling objects. The exhibition dressing up area gives children the chance to try on replica Regency clothing.

Cafe Gallery

The influence of Louise Bourgeois

24 January 2017 to 30 April 2017

Collected Women displays work by 12 female artists based in North East- and North Lincolnshire who have been invited to respond to Louise Bourgeois’ prints – the Autobiographical Series and 12 Drypoints, which make up the Hayward Gallery Touring show of her work. The exhibition also features a quilt created by Nicky Dillerstone through working with women from diverse backgrounds, contributed to also with elements by textile artists based in the region.

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

The galleries are also available to rent for exhibitions. For more details about exhibitions or collections contact Louise Bowen on 01472 323560 or

Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre, Alexandra Dock, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1UZ


Telephone: 01472 323345

Opening times:

Winter – 1st November to 31st March
Tuesday to Friday 10 am – 4 pm (Closed Mondays)
Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm (including bank holidays)

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