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Exhibitions in 2018

Exhibitions at Sewerby Hall

Amy Johnson

All year round

To help celebrate the opening of the house by Amy in 1936, new items have been added to the permanent exhibition of exciting Amy Johnson memorabilia. There are two dedicated rooms, one displaying the collection and the other showing a short film about her record breaking flight to Australia.

Beside the Seaside

6 January to 18 March

This exhibition celebrates the development of Bridlington as a popular destination for holidaymakers.

It will trace its story from the 18th century, when the fashion for ‘taking the waters’ took off, through the arrival of the railway in 1846 to the golden age of the 1930s and 40s and the halcyon days of the 1950s when the factory fortnight mass exodus to the seaside brought holidaymakers from the industrial cities of West and South Yorkshire who could swell the population in those two weeks by thousands.

The exhibition will also trace the eventual decline of the British seaside holiday and Bridlington’s recent regeneration, including the restoration of Sewerby Hall and Gardens and Bridlington Spa.

‘Beside the Seaside’ will also look at the future of Bridlington as a visitor attraction, with the opening of the new Premier Inn and the extension of the South Cliff Caravan Park.

Musical Memories: The World of Herman Darewski

24 March to 3 June

In the 1920s and 30s the name Herman Darewski was well-known to anyone in Bridlington with an interest in light music. His band delighted the crowds at Bridlington Spa, keeping holidaymakers out until after midnight (to the annoyance of the town’s landladies!) This exhibition explores Darewski’s fascinating life, which included composing for West End theatre, conducting orchestras at seaside resorts and running a music shop in London’s Charing Cross Road. It draws on the research and collection of Darewski enthusiast Mike Wilson, the collection of East Riding Museums Service, Darewski’s 1937 autobiography Musical Memories and material from Bridlington Local Studies Library.

1918:  Duty Done!

9 June to 2 September

The sweeping changes in all aspects of life brought about by the First World War were tumultuous. As the centenary of the armistice approaches in 2018, this exhibition considers the impact of the end of the Great War on those who lived through it and its legacy over the last hundred years since the end of the fighting on November 11, 1918.

Magic in the Nursery: Illustration for Children's Books

8 September to 25 November

The ‘founding fathers’ of the modern children’s picture book in Britain, if not the world, were the late Victorians Walter Crane and Randolph Caldecott. This exhibition, however, is not simply a collection of these beautiful and imaginative children’s illustrations by Victorian masters but one that will enthral children, inspire parents and invigorate grandparents.