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 three changing exhibition galleries, Muriel Barker Gallery, Doughty 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.

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

Muriel Barker Gallery

Steaming Home: A series of portraits and interviews celebrating the lifestyle, and character, of the deep water fishermen.

Saturday 24th June to 10th September 2017

“If you do one trip or if you do forty years, once you’ve done one trip on a trawler… you never forget it. It’s with you for the rest of your life. Fishermen could always step aboard a trawler and fit straight in. It’s something that’s in your blood and it stays there.”

Showcasing the work of local photographer Ash Gollings, Steaming Home is a series of photographs and interviews exploring the story of Grimsby’s iconic fishing industry. Tragic, thrilling and funny throughout; Steaming Home brings true stories and memories from the now, retired trawlermen, who were working during the ‘golden era’ of deep water fishing.

30th September 2017 to 11th March 2018

This display of objects from the collections of North East Lincolnshire Museum Service all have one thing in common….animals! Grab some binoculars and get ready to go on safari. Can you find all of the animals hiding in the gallery. A fun, hands on exhibition for families and children.

Doughty Gallery


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

Tuesday 4th July to Sunday 24th September 2017

Renowned artist Dale Mackie brings together his iconic images of trawlers and the men that worked at sea, telling the tale in paintings & drawings that take you from the fishing port to the deep waters of the fishing grounds of the industry that once thrived in his part of the country.

3rd October 2017 to 7th January 2018

The second in a series of exhibitions revealing the secrets of Grimsby’s lost trawlers. Between 2014 and 2018 Shipwrecks of the River Humber are diving the wrecks of trawlers lost during World War One. This exhibition tells the story of two trawlers recently discovered by the team and details  how the trawlers engaged in minesweeping in the North Sea.

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