WE ARE A FAMILY HISTORY & RESEARCH CENTRE ~ inside the our local Folk History Museum, founded by Merrill & Peter Rhodes 20 years ago ~ The Old School in Church Street ~ Sutton on Hull ~ HU7 4TL .. our historic area also covers Stoneferry, Wilmington, St Marks & The Groves. Perhaps we should have called it 'The Merrill Museum'; that would have been very appropriate
Our Old Village Schools in 1911


~ two  ancient  villages  linked  by  shared  family &  church  histories  ~
Museum Folk & Family History Research on Fridays in the Old School Rooms, a marvellous display of life in Sutton & Wawne in times past .. much more to see when you visit .. Incredible list of resources. Use in conjunction with FAMILY HISTORY button below ... Wawne Village, links to church, Village Hall, Parish Council, and history St James Churchyard - a full list of graves and memorials War Memorials .. books, DVD, pamphlets, etc, to do with local history or interest. General Links, many local to Hull and the East Riding ; includes many Family History links, with an emphasis on links to the Armed Forces and their associations.

Let us help you start your tree, and find out where you come from .. We help you start your Family History Research .. We are not always what we think we are ... it's nearly 10 inside The Old School ... time to open up!

Let us help you start your tree, and find out where you come from .. We help you start your Family History Research .. We are not always what we think we are ...

Site Last Updated: 14:00   12 Oct : AD 2019 ... ... next opening : Friday, 17 Oct .. 10 till 2 as usual .. ..

OUR VERY FIRST WEB PAGES -- The very first web page ever to mention this "Old School" (before it was ever referred to as a 'museum'), was posted online at midnight on 23 Dec 2000, just in time for the Millenium. It was first 'captured for archiving' by the 'Way Back Machine' on Feb 10, 2001, almost two months later. Those very first pages were in fact 'church pages', for St James' and the Team Ministry in Sutton as it was then. The very poor pic shown here was one of the very first I posted, a 'still' taken from a VHS video. A long way down the page was a reference to the "Sutton School Exhibition in the Old School", where we offered a free cup of tea to any visitor that could remember the reign of Queen Victoria - and we didn't mean the statue. How things have come on, eh!
More info on those early pages, and how to view them .. HERE.


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, and anywhere within our Commonwealth and
this great world-wide family of English-speaking peoples.

For all of you who were born, worshipped
White Roses ... for Yorkshire White Roses ... for Yorkshire 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.

Clicking the buttons further below will start or stop a short peal
of Sutton's bells. They were added at Christmas, 2003.

Photos of all 14 CWGC War Graves in St James' churchyard are
posted on the appropriate page, added for Armistice Day in 2009.
Photos of the 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 complete in time
for the 2018 anniversaries. The new plaques can be seen on the War Memorial ~
Lest We Forget   

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

MAPS - to find us


The front, and rear pages are on the left:
and the inside panes are on the right.

The Background map of The Groves that was here on this page,
along with a lengthy explanation of the history of this former
Sutton parish area, is now on a dedicated page of its own.
It can be accessed by clicking ... The Groves

Rob's Photo Restoration & Repair Page ... bring to the Museum, or click button for more details .. ALL work benefits the museum funding     view Side Menu on the left if not already visible, for a lot more button links     DUMP THIS SIDE MENU for Tablet Browsing     We also have a presence on GOOGLE +, with a map and full directions if required, and many more photos - opens for you in a new window
reload this page with Side Menu .. .. if it helps you ... or dump it if not

Apologies : this website doesn't display as well in Internet Explorer ;
All squares and angles, about as subtle as a Soviet-era block of flats.
Recommend viewing in Firefox or Chrome.

the 2 school photos above
are historic postcards of 1910

for tablet browsers, dump the Side Menu

view Side Menu on the left if not already visible, for a lot more button links

A lot of family names & contacts
are already in our Guestbook ...
Why not add yours too .. ?
Do feel free to leave us a message in our Guestbook; see entries from all over the world

we deploy a ramp for diabled access into the Old School - do shout or bang door to ask us for assistance      free Wi-Fi inside the Old School - access code pinned up in tearoom over serving hatch

Founded by Merrill Rhodes, and husband Peter,
we are a local Folk Museum & Family History Centre
inside this Grade II listed school building of 1859;
the oldest former council school in Hull
still used for educational purposes:
staffed entirely by Volunteers and
supported 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 Museum Pages

. . . has anyone seen our ... little mouse!

Do you like our earlier background ?
... here it is again

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 were built.


every Friday 10 till 2
not just Sutton & Wawne;
ALL areas of the UK !
Donations Always Welcome!

Wawne Primary School old school blazer badge - leads to School Visits Page

The Sutton War Memorial
has updates to spellings and
forenames of the now 236 men
never previously remembered
on our memorials.

We can take a photo of your child for you
in our re-creation of a Victorian School photo ?
We can supply child's cap or other props - have 2 photos, one smiling, one serious!

Click these Chalkboards for More Details!

interpretation of Service Records
ships, regiments & squadrons found;

both Royal & Merchant Navy;
Troopships & Convoys;
lost trawlers, etc

St James' Church of England School, Sutton on Hull - the boys' cap badge

A map showing the relative
positions of our ancient villages is

We are proud to be supported by:
several local schools and the
Sutton in Holderness
Conservation Society
and many individual
generous donors.

A full list of all our existing
Friends and Supporters
appears on our Friends Page

Sutton & Wawne DVD-ROM Online

G.D.P.R. Data Protection and What we do

our website is hosted by
Free Virtual Servers

which leads to our 'Friends Page' . .

G.D.P.R. Data Protection and What we do

We can also be found on our
Google Business website

Click Me ... I dare you
School Visits from All Schools very Welcome;
if you can get here, we'll 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:

view our FACEBOOK page

Museum & Family History Research on Fridays in the Old School Rooms, a marvellous display of life in Sutton and Wawne in times past; much more to see when you visit .. Incredible list of resources. Use also with FAMILY HISTORY button below ... Family History enquiries and list of resources for St James', & St Peter's, Wawne send an EMAIL to us direct to the volunteers at the Sutton & Wawne Museum dozens of links to military history, both local,national and military, including both World Wars, all armed services, and more Local Photos & Images of Sutton & Wawne

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 ~~ admin@suttonandwawnemuseum.org.uk

Let us help you start your tree, and find out where you come from .. We help you start your Family History Research .. We are not always what we think we are ...


Vacancies exist for new Volunteers to add to our intrepid team
in the Sutton & Wawne Museum and Family History Research Centre.
Hours can be as little as 2 hours per month, or more if you wish,
on Fridays when we're open from 10am till 2pm.

Many of our Volunteers typically help for two hours, once or
twice a month, say 10 till 12, or 12 till 2pm, on a rota.
An interest in Family History and a general enthusiasm
for the history of our area, plus a willingness to help in all aspects
of our museum, helping with refreshments for visitors and setting
up displays, are all that is needed to join our existing friendly team.

Our volunteers are not all local, indeed some come quite
a distance, from the far side of Cottingham, Willerby and Anlaby,
and even further afield, as well as locally.

Please enquire by calling into the museum on Fridays, and
ask for Liz or June, or email us via the button link in the menu.

for Clubs and Societies

To further the finances of our museum, we have two speakers for hire
to talk to your society or interest group.
All proceeds from talks benefit the upkeep of this museum - no expenses ever deducted!

Only two presentation subjects are currently available; both within the realm of WWI & WWII history.
  1. The Air Defences of Hull During both World Wars - by Simon
  2. Posters & Poster Art - from both World Wars - by Simon

  3. Please note:
    The 3 presentations normally offered by Rob, SAM ALLON'S DEMOLISHED HULL, etc,
    are temporarily withdrawn. Rob will honour the remaining 2 bookings for Nov & Dec,
    but cannot commit long-term to any more for the time being. Sorry to disappoint. Family woes, etc.

Available most weekday evenings; but daytime Weds & Thurs only

A projector / screen / laptop / leads, can be provided; only your mains power required.

A Wi-Fi connection is useful for the Internet maps talk.
Maps are downloaded directly from the internet, of
places requested by members of the audience.

See a list of Groups and Societies that have already supported us
for which we have already given talks and presentations.

please email for details

Staff Area

a small selection of miscellaneous
pics of Volunteer Staff memories are
now available to view for those staff
with the password to access them

Photo Album Archive
now complete up to Folder 19
and Wawne folders 1 - 4

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