going in 2021
~ ancient villages linked by our two churches & family histories ~
Lockdown News is Now Further Down on this Same Page ..
re Sam Allon
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
17th ... next
2021 ... ?!?
~~~ news on repairs, plus two pics, are further below. ~~~
There is an explanation of this background map further below, scroll right down, and also leads to an
"ImageMap" showing some 30 places of historic Sutton interest. Loads full size, use F11 for full screen
there's been a museum in the Old School in Sutton for over 20 years!
WELCOME TO ALL OUR WEBSITE VISITORS
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 -
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 ~
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 at
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
The background map shown here has a full explanation right at the bottom
of this page; scroll right down, and use F11 for full effect.
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 school photos above
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
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 to be
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
Sutton & Wawne Museum
~ * ~ Lockdown News ~ * ~
As feared, our news is not good. Sorry to have to report that our hoped for opening on June 25th cannot happen. At the moment, the expected repairs have not taken place and cannot even start before the funding for them is assured and in place. We are trying to raise that now, but will not get a decision before late July. The new plan is that we hope to re-open in time for Heritage Weekend in September. But that means that ALL of the planned work, and replacing all the displays, has to take place in August and the first week or so in September.
Work is now in hand getting fresh estimates for some serious repair work to the end gable wall of the museum room itself. We've suffered from flaking paint and plaster, seen on left, at that end of the room for some time, and the period of lockdown, with the place never getting warm during the winter has not helped matters. Additional to the plaster work, and not seen here just off picture to the right, there is a serious vertical crack in the wall caused by slight settling/subsidence at that end of the building, brought on by damp and blocked drains. Plus another crack in the lintel over the door ... it's a 'church shaped' lintel too, pointed at the top, and not easy to replace. Added to that, as if our woes are not enough, the lower vertical wooden panelling is very largely rotten, again by damp, though mostly hidden behind the cabinet displays. As a once famous singing duo said, "It all makes work for a working man to do!" Paying for it is something else.
We had really hoped to have had this work done by late May, to give us time to do a good clean up, dust down, and a bit of re-arrangement of our displays. But, sadly, it is not to be. None are more disappointed than our Volunteers, and we know our supporters will be too.
As a matter of interest, the right-hand image shows our white-pannelled room divider, one of two 1849 room divider original features inside the Old School, as well as the original roof of course. The panels were originally of glass, as still is the other one at the far end of the hall, which enabled teachers to view 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 in need of some serious sponsorship, and this in times that couldn't have been much harder when asking 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.
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.
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 or PAYPAL.
We were hoping to welcoming visitors back in June ...
Sorry, can't happen. We still have some
seriously expensive maintenance to do first.
Next opening target will be September Heritage Weekend.
We wish all our many friends, supporters and well-wishers, wherever in the world they are, all the very best. 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 just one album from our extensive collection online, which previously could only be viewed by visiting the museum. It is planned to change the album to a fresh one 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 last year, and noted which books were missing, and 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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