A NEW exhibition promises to shed light on the people who built Whitby Museum.
“Makers of Whitby Museum” has been put together by curator Roger Dalladay and tracks the museum from its humble beginnings in 1823 to the huge collection on view today.
Mr Dalladay said: “Whitby seamen went all over the world and came back with souveniers which are now on display here.
“Visitors come to the museum and the plaques say ‘given by Joe Bloggs’ but they don’t know who that was, so the idea is to give people more information about the people who built the museum.
“All sorts of people have contributed things as time went on and some of them have very interesting stories.”
From model makers to missionaries, hundreds of people have contributed to the museum’s collections and this exhibition celebrates some of the most influential individuals.
One contributor was Miss Dora Walker, and Mr Dalladay said: “There was a tradition that even if a man saw a woman on his way to sea it was bad luck.
“Skipper Dora was the first woman to go to sea as a skipper, and she insisted on having her own boat.”
Miss Walker fought against the odds and ran a successful fishing vessel, before going on to become curator of shipping at the museum in 1941.
The Makers of Whitby Museum exhibition runs until November and entry to the museum is free for Whitby residents.