WE ARE A FAMILY HISTORY & RESEARCH CENTRE ~ inside 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 covers the former St James parish area, so also Stoneferry, Wilmington, St Marks & The Groves. Perhaps we should have called it 'The Merrill Museum'; that would have been very appropriate
Sutton & Wawne Museum News

bluebells at the war memorial.
a rare treat; an online photo album, free to view --- ENJOY!
bluebells at the war memorial.

We can now announce that our 2020-2021 Exhibition is now open and available to view here, online. When the museum re-opens, it is planned that the conventional exhibition of artworks and Hull's industrial working womens memories will be on show in the main hall.

The exhibition 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 Current Exhibition, whatever it is, if there is one

We were looking forward to welcoming visitors back in March ... that seems unlikely now.

We wish all our many friends, supporters and well-wishers, wherever in the world they are, the very best for 2021.  Chin Up !!

Right now, perhaps many of us are in need of some cheering up.  In which case, can I recommend a brief interlude by posting the following:

By golly, don't we all really need a good laugh right now.  For those that are not old enough to remember Pam Ayres, she is a very funny lady from deepest Oxfordshire, still going strong with her own brand of wit.
Here's her 2020 Virus Poem: this link to it is on the website:
Rotary Club of Melbourne in Victoria.  English humour from Australia!
Well done Pam, you don't 'alf travel well ...  I hope she wouldn't mind a link being posted here, but your webmaster is a very old fan. 
I remember the teeth!  And not spotting the perils beneath!  Nuff said!

And if you're still really bored and would like to browse an album, 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 perhaps once a month or so, depending on how it goes.

Click the album, or EVENTS button in the menu to view.

in the churchyard.  bluebells at the war memorial.in the churchyard.

... their joyful songs, and a glee that lasts ...


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.

2020 . . . Sutton & Wawne Museum

These images 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 the missing ones for us from her own collection.

from a Dominoes teaching book .... Oooooh noooooo  .... from a Dominoes teaching book ....

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.

CLICK TO SEE inside our new ~ A5 format ~ 50pp = 5 in museum, or 7 to UK addresses post paid

 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.

Our Old Village Schools in 1911  --- and today !

OUR NORMAL HOME PAGE ... press F11 to toggle Full Screen

CLICK ME!  for a nostalgic look at a class at work c.1972/73 it's nearly 10 inside The Old School ... time to open up!

CLICK TO SEE our new Sutton and Wawne booklets ~ separate potted history of each village ~ A5 format ~ Sutton 12 pages = 2 : Wawne booklet 8pp = 1.50

Home Page .. for the Sutton & Wawne Family History Centre, near Kingston upon Hull ... press F11 to toggle Full Screen

Just for a Laugh ...

Just for a Laugh

click me ..

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