What’s on Offer at Goole Museum
Discover the history of the UK’s most inland port town, Goole. Experience the life, love and loss of the people and their industrial heritage at this community museum. From boat builder’s models and ship paintings to domestic life and leisure pursuits, transport yourself into the past.
Bluebird and the Ship Wall
View models of vessels built in Goole or that sailed from the port over the years, each with their own tale of the high seas. The collection includes the model of Sir Malcolm Campbell’s ocean going motor yacht Blue Bird, built at Goole Shipbuilders in 1938. Originally commissioned to go treasure hunting in the Pacific Ocean, Blue Bird was requisitioned in 1940 took part in the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk.
Record collection of Reuben Chappell paintings
Goole Museum has the largest collection of Reuben Chappell’s work outside of the National Maritime Museum. Chappell is Britain’s best-known ‘Pierhead’ painter. Originally from Goole, he started his career and married in the town, before moving away later in life. He added ‘Goole’ to the end of his signature on much of his work. You can see many of his famous ship paintings on display in the Education Room. Watercolours can be viewed by request.
Living history of Goole
Explore the social history of Goole thanks to donations of photos and items from local people. There are 6,000 images of Goole and its surrounding area in the collections. The Garside Collection, given to the town by the late Harold Garside, a dedicated and celebrated historian as well as veteran of World War I, looks at the town’s history before the 19th century. Visit Goole Museum and experience the history of the town through the donated objects and memories of its residents.
Local displays and changing exhibits
Every year the temporary gallery space shows five new exhibitions. Our volunteer team research and create a new exhibition linked to the social history of Goole, and there is an annual Open Art. The space is also used for local artists to display their work, or for local groups and individuals to showcase collections. To apply to use the display area, please get in touch.
If you’re visiting with children there’s plenty to do alongside exhibitions to make your visit fun and interesting. Enjoy interactive exhibits about living and working in Goole, diving, and docks.
Under fives can play with sea themed activities or borrow Explorer resources to make fascinating discoveries around the exhibition spaces. Spot ‘5 Things’ activities to do and collect a sticker.
Free long stay parking behind the building.
Lift and stairs to museum, automatic door, public toilets next to library with radar key toilet. Only assistance dogs are allowed on site.
It is a five minute walk to Goole Interchange.