~ ancient villages linked by our two churches & family histories ~
site last updated : 10:30 Sept 21st ... ~~~ news on repairs, plus two pics, are further below ~~~
Bookings for Talks, Speakers, re Sam Allon Collection, etc ..
at outside venues, church halls, schools, etc, are suspended for the rest of this year.
Please see info posted below, nearer to the end of this page
down, and also
leads to an
"ImageMap" showing some 30 places of historic Sutton interest. Loads full size, use F11 for full screen
WELCOME TO ALL OUR WEBSITE VISITORS
Local History Museum & Family History Research Centre
within a Grade II listed Victorian Church School
there's been a museum in this Old School in Sutton for over 20 years!
A very warm welcome to all our visitors,
and especially to all those ex-Sutton & Wawne folk who
may have long since left these 'gentle climes'
for other abodes in the far corners of this globe.
With special greetings for those of you now settled
in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the USA,
or anywhere within our Commonwealth and this
great world-wide family of English-speaking peoples.
For all of you who were born, worshipped
or were married here in Sutton or Wawne,
or have loved ones resting here -
to you all, wherever in the world you live now,
an especially warm welcome indeed.
We're pleased you have discovered us - do enjoy.
Photos of all 14 CWGC War Graves in St James' churchyard
were added for Armistice Day back in 2009.
Photos of a further 5 Family War Graves and Memorials were
added in time for Armistice Day in 2014. A database of the 420+ men
on all of our memorial plaques was started in 2014, and completed in time for the
2018 anniversaries, includes over 240 men who were previously not remembered.
The new plaques can be seen on the War Memorial ~
For those seeking, or interested in 'Military Links', our page comes recommended.
We are the holders of a huge photo archive, possibly the largest 'village archive'
in the East Riding. The Sutton collection alone comprises some 3,500 images, and the
Wawne collection a further 500; well over 4,000 photos of the area and its people.
There are many more in smaller individual donated collections too,
including those of a famous former headmaster, from the 1960s,
plus a further 2,000 images of gravestones, memorials and plaques.
The vases of flowers are to cheer all ex-pat Sutton & Wawne folk
who are in need of some cheering up right now.
Clicking the buttons further below will start or stop a short peal
of Sutton's bells. They were added at Christmas, 2003.
If you or your kin were ever married or worshipped in Sutton or Wawne,
you will love access to our 'online-DVD' - for just £5.
It features both historic medieval churches ...
see EVENTS button below for details.
May you all enjoy your visit
and brief stay with us.
We hope you will call again.
And of course, if you have a Family History
query we can help with . . . we're here to help !
or the churchbells
There is an explanation of this background map further below,
scroll right down, and it also leads to an "ImageMap" showing some 30 places
of historic Sutton interest. Loads full size, use F11 for full screen
The Background map of The Groves that was formerly on this page,
along with a lengthy explanation of the history of that former
Sutton parish area, is now on a dedicated page of its own.
It can be accessed by clicking . . . The Groves
This Old School was already a venue for local organisations; bcv!
eg: the Sutton Branch of the W.I. met here on Wednesday evenings,
and the local Tai-Chi club on Monday evenings.
Details of how to Hire THE OLD SCHOOL are here, and more photos showing the venue are here.
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the 2 oval school photos at the top
are historic postcards of 1910
A lot of family names & contacts
are already in our Guestbook ...
Why not add yours too .. ?
Founded by Merrill Rhodes, and husband Peter, we are a local Folk Museum & Family History Centre inside this Grade II listed Victorian school building of 1859;
the oldest former council school in Hull
still used for educational purposes:
staffed by Volunteers and supported
entirely by visitor donations;
Press F11 to view this site Full Screen
- without toolbars!
You can also drag the menu
out of the way to the left.
Click Here also to enter
Our Free Museum Pages
A Map to Find Us at HU7 4TL
The little dead-end side road is
a free car park !
Our area covers the historic parishes of
both Sutton and Wawne villages.
Sutton parish also included Stoneferry, Wilmington, St Marks and The Groves,
all the way down to the north side of Witham,
until the 1880s when new churches
for thoss areas were built.
WE OFFER HELP
FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH
every Friday 10 till 2
not just Sutton & Wawne;
ALL areas of the UK !
Donations Always Welcome!
can take a
photo of your
child for you
in our re-creation of a Victorian School photo ?
Even using one of these Victorian iPads!
Click these Chalkboards for More Details!
interprete of Service Records,
ships, regiments & squadrons found;
both Royal & Merchant Navy;
Troopships & Convoys;
lost trawlers, etc
We are proud
several local schools and the
Sutton in Holderness
and many individual
A full list of all our existing
Friends and Supporters
appears on our Friends Page
G.D.P.R. Data Protection and What we do
our website is hosted by
Free Virtual Servers
We can also be found on our
Google Business Website
We are a
Entry is always free ... but we do
depend entirely on donations
which leads to our 'Friends Page' . .
A £5 donation gives access to our online version
of our DVD, containing Merrill's book and many
extra old photos, plus many modern images
of both churches, St Peter's and St James'.
G.D.P.R. Data Protection Declaration
School Visits from All Schools
very Welcome; if you can get here,
we will entertain you !
We can also host arranged visits by
Church Groups, Townswomens' Guilds,
Womens' Institutes, Clubs & Societies.
Click the railway station sign
to see our restored station seat
You can contact us at:
This website, and all its associated pages, is brought to you by the Sutton & Wawne Museum, a Free Museum inside the Old School, Sutton on Hull.
Sutton & Wawne Museum ~ inside The Old School ~ 25 Church St ~ Sutton on Hull ~ HU7 4TL
~~ www.suttonandwawnemuseum.org.uk ~~ email@example.com
~ * ~ Latest News ~ * ~
updated 17 Sept 2021
What a totally glorious couple of weekends we have had at the museum. The weather has been kind, more than kind, superb. To see our old place brimming with visitors after our 18-month closure, hear it alive once again as before, has been a lift to the spirits that money cannot buy.
A big thank you to all our visitors and supporters, who give so much encouragement from all quarters. All the Volunteers, Exhibitors and Re-enactors that have helped to make our little resurgent event what it is have no doubt gone home 'bushed', but hopefully happy and refreshed and ready for whatever comes next.
OUR 2020-2021 HEADSCARVES EXHIBITION
Our long-delayed 2020-2021 Exhibition has now closed in the
Old School Hall, but is still available to view here, online.
The online exhibition (button below) comprises some 17 pages of many memories of working women in Hull, in a variety of trades and jobs, the linking theme being the headscarves they wore. Many ladies, now of 'advanced' years, were invited to tell their stories of their working life. Over a cup of tea or coffee, and in groups, they were also invited to 'design a scarf' with art materials on the table as they talked. It is those personal designs that we show here, some of which are very pertinent to their story, very moving and of great poignancy.
And there is humour too ...
OUR CROWDFUNDING APPEAL
has been terrific, but has now ended
in its present form.
The Just-Giving Account has now closed, at Midnight on Weds, Sept 1st, and the £340.70 funds raised have now been transferred to the S&W main current account. A new 'Fundraising Account' will be created for ongoing fundraising, but it will be more 'official' in that it will be solely in Sutton & Wawne Museum's own name, and not a private name as at present. The current situation is not ethical, as some have pointed out, but was done in a hurry to accomodate Rosemary's charity walk for us. The registration process for JG does not allow for a private individual to register in an organisation's name, which has to be a charity with a charity number, so it was registered in the webmaster's name as the most expediant way of getting it up and running quickly. The link above now takes you directly to our FRIENDS page, where there are other options of ways to donate to us.
In the meantime, thoroughly well done, Rosemary, for your inspirational effort which we know has inspired others. 103 miles in 31 days. That folks, is some exercise, and inspirational, and Rosemary is seen here proudly displaying her well deserved "RACE at YOUR PACE" medal and certificate for her efforts.
[click pic to enlarge]
We would give you a medal too, Rosemary. You inspired us to set up the Just-Giving page (a new skill organising that!), which inspired others to do things locally, as well as our team with their 'Street-Boot' stalls; all together, just short of £700 has been raised, and some is still coming in. As seen elsewhere, this all helps us to fund some 'redecoration work' as well as the essential repair work .... cracks in the museum wall cannot be ignored.
Our repair work will now commence on September 20th. Folks will understand the problem we've had booking a contractor for a full week at short notice. Work is planned to take round about a full week .. or so.
Given that all goes to plan, we should be able to move the displays back into the refurbished museum room in early October, and with a following wind and good luck, can now reasonably plan to be open again, hopefully permanently, perhaps on Friday 22 October. We're desperately trying to rescue something out of the rest of this year, and do hope to open at least a few times before the really bad weather sets in.
A FAMILY HISTORY TRACING EXERCISE?
For those of you that watch "Long Lost Families" and would like to try your hand yourselves at some tracing, we have an exercise some may like to take part in. On the Museum page, there is a photo of a baby, and some family information to get you started. Have a go, see what transpires. It may inspire one of our community to volunteer once we are open every Friday again. We know that when many folks get as far as they can go with their own family history, reach a 'brickwall', it can often be a therapeutic exercise to try to trace someone else's. That's how many got into volunteering for places like ours in the first place.
Should anyone wish to become a volunteer, it is Liz and June you will need to see, and that will now have to be on a Friday again as before. The previous arrangement for Mondays has now ceased. The exception being Friday, 24th, when we expect the builders will still be in, and no volunteers will be present that day at all, as we keep out of their way and give them some space.
Although we are closed to visitors, potential volunteers will notice 'activity' on most Fridays, perhaps the door open (maybe being repainted!) and folks about.
After we re-open fully, we will be back to normal Fridays, and as hinted above, we want to open on Saturdays too. Let them know your preferences; it could be for a Friday, or Saturdays when we get that going in the future, or if you wish, for both. You can do it every week, or just once a month. Actually, two of our new volunteers have not seen us open yet at all, but have been valuable hands with our tidying and cleaning regime. On Fridays, some cleaning will still be done in the main hall and tearoom, kitchen, etc. For existing volunteers who want to come and help. Rob will be there from 10am to unlock for the willing and able.
Added to that is the ongoing news that Rosemary's 100-mile walk in Sussex, is now complete [see pics above and below], having actually walked 103.5 miles, all to raise funds for us. All in all, I can tell you that the Just-Giving page has raised some £340, our own stall on the day of Jo Lyon's " Sutton Street-Boot" another £300, and we have had some larger private donations as well, one in memory of one of our founder volunteers, the late Barbara Cross, and several others. This has helped us so much that, as well as the remedial work, re-plastering, etc, of the gable wall, the room itself will get a fresh lick of paint and substantial 'refurbishment'.
We are now emerging from the dark gloom of the past two years, and at the same time give thanks, and I mean real thanks, to all our supporters, young and old. We are well aware that many small museums and displays such as ours, even some larger ones, have not survived, and their stories and heritage lost forever. We will not suffer that fate just yet, and it's down to you, the supporters of the wider Sutton & Wawne Museum community wherever you are, all of you reading this. Sutton is definitely going to retain this major part of the village's heritage.
So, a big Thank You, all of you, both those who have expressed a wish to visit us again and give us your support, and all those local folk who held their "Sutton on Hull- Street Boot" on Aug 7th for our benefit. We really do need you all, each and every one.
Former pupil, Rosemary Webb (neé Roberts), has completed her sponsored walk, to do 100 miles for us in August, in her home area of Chichester, in West Sussex. In fact, she did 103.5 miles in all.
Rosemary left St James' in 1959 to go to Cogan and thence pursued 'her dream', a nursing career, notably in the Royal Navy (Q.A.R.N.N.S.), and later in many different hospitals. Her photo dates from 1968 when she was based at the families maternity unit at the old naval hospital at Mtarfa on the George Cross island of Malta. She only retired three years ago, and is still involved in local voluntary work. Those of you that were at St James' in the 1950/60s will surely recognise her memories, and I know you would all agree that Mr Johnson and all the staff would have been so very proud of what Rosemary achieved through sheer determination.
The second girl from the left in this excellent class photo is Rosemary, obviously highly amused at something Mr Johnson had quipped to gain all those winning smiles. You can read a brief account of her enviable naval nursing career, and share in some of her Sutton memories, in this short Word document if you CLICK HERE. It willl open in Word, Open Office, Wordpad, or however you have your machine set for word-processing.
Rosemary's completed walk is registered at
Race At Your Pace.
MUSEUM ROOM REPAIRS
As a matter of interest, the right-hand image shows our white-pannelled room divider, that Rosemary and her classmates will well recall. One of two 1859 room dividers, they're part of the original features inside the Old School, as well as the original roof of course. The lower panels were originally of glass, as they still are in the other one at the far end of the hall, which enabled teachers to view the classes right through the length of the school when it was divided into three large classrooms. The panel seen here is pretty well fixed now, has been painted many times over and cannot be moved. I think if we moved it, to fold it as before, the roof would collapse! As well as complete these immediately neccessary repairs, it is hoped we can redecorate much of this room, with a fresh lick of paint to the walls and display cabinets.
It is worth stating here, the future of this Old School, and the museum and archives within, is by no means assured. We literally run from crisis to crisis, very dependant on what goes 'in the jar' and what we sell in teas and biscuits. A great deal of work is needed just to keep it usable as it is, apart from this immediate work. We are now in need of some serious sponsorship, and this in times that couldn't have been much harder when appealing for funding. Money is short, repair costs are going up, and we need a guardian angel of some sort to save this place for Sutton and Wawne, and the future. It's a bit cheeky, I know, but .... any offers gratefully accepted. If anyone knows anyone with deep pockets ..
In the meantime, the interest in Sutton's past continues to grow. There has been a considerable amount of interest, and several 'new' school class photos have 'come to light', along with several names of previously unknown faces, identified by their former classmates in great feats of memory after over 60 years!
Memories are failing, some folks recall the faces, but not the names, and others know many names but can't put a face to them. A very mixed picture, and amongst our dozens of class photos in the museum, there are many, many blank spaces still to be filled in. A visit to the museum to see our collection when we re-open may well help to prompt other long-lost memories.
This is where I think, with the help of Facebook,
many of you who still reside in the area could help.
Click the EVENTS button in the menu to find out more.
Also, the DVD which so many of you have heard about,
'Merrill's Book' - plus extra photos of both villages/churches,
is now available as a download.
Email your order, send £5 to our account number,
and it's as good as done. Usually, the same day.
Account Details on our FRIENDS page.
It works on a PC/laptop/iPad, and some phones.
We hope that folks will view this as a form of 'Crowd-Funding' for our museum. If you send us a Fiver,
we send you something worthwhile.
Sorry, cannot take cards, etc, just direct online banking by
BACS, or through PAYPAL.
With everyone and everything turning 'green',
you too can have your Greens back ... ...
do you have pics where your greens have upped and left ... ?
We wish all our many friends, supporters and well-wishers, wherever in the world they are, all the very best and good health. Chin Up !!
We have a new facility for the purchasing of our online DVD for £5, with online payment taken and access codes to the DVD sent, usually now the same day. See the FRIENDS button in the menu, or go to the Museum Page. Anything we sell helps our funds; no expenses ever deducted.
This online-DVD access is 100% pure funds to us, no costs involved.
A FREE ALBUM
If you would like to browse an album full of history, we have now made available another album from our extensive collection online, which previously could only be viewed by visiting the museum. The album is changed from time to time, depending on how it goes.
Click the album, or EVENTS button in the menu to view.
You can look at this one for FREE!
It is very quiet in the Old School Museum
Even the mice have gone to sleep
Nothing moves, and all is still .. ..
No sounds, no laughter, not even a peep.
But hark, is that a creak .. ?
Of a squeaky floor or a wooden door ...
... a softly closing desk lid enhancing
the echos of children, long, long, past -
in gentle laughter and the joys of dancing.
For if we stand, and listen, so very quietly
We can hear in those very rafters
their joyful songs, and a glee that lasts
and will still be sensed by those
who come here in years long after ...
long after we all have long since passed.
Sutton & Wawne Museum
The images above were taken by Eric Johnson
for the Dominoes series of teaching books.
Our own collection of the series is incomplete,
and so these have been supplied from scans done
by Amanda Denwood who now lives in Cumbria.
Amanda visited the museum in 2019, and noted
which books were missing, and so offered to scan
some missing ones for us from her own collection.
For folks longing for a semblance of the past,
even the distant past in that far off childhood country
called Nostalgialand, we have a few copies of a new
book to offer, by former Sutton resident and long-time
friend of our museum, Andrew Suddaby.
More general to Britain, but with nods to some
Hull memories that are not specific to Sutton,
this short book in a nice sized font for easy reading
is a general tour of what we did, watched,
and listened to in the UK years ago.
Priced at £7.00 including UK postage only
it will be on offer inside the museum for £5 when we re-open.
Sorry, overseas postage cannot be offered right now,
and in anycase, the cost would probably exceed the book.
There's more Sutton & Wawne nostalgia to be had on our
Online-DVD, which is a special edition attached to our
website for Worldwide Access, and costs £5.
Email us your order, pay by Online Banking (BACS, or PAYPAL), and you will be sent the user ID and password by private message, either by email, or FaceBook Messenger, whichever you choose.
PRESENTATIONS - TALKS - SPEAKERS
for Clubs and Societies
Bookings for Talks at Outside Venues, other churches, halls, etc.
In view of so many uncertainties, it seems more prudent not to resume our offers of speakers for outside venues for this year, 2021, even if and when the museum is again opens to visitors.
Nothing could resume before September anyway, and there will be more certainty by 2022 about what is legally allowed, and what is considered wise to do even if strictly legal.
So for this year, we will not be offering to do talks and slide presentations, other than those we may book ourselves to take place within the Old School hall itself, where we are more in control of arrangements within our own volunteer staff.
We regret any disappointment this decision may cause, but we feel sure that interest groups will have had similar discussions and misgivings about whether should be wary of resuming previously normal activities too soon.
Hopefully, we can say that by next year, 2022, 'normal service' will be resumed.
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