Scarborough Museums Trust is celebrating the holiday period this year with a diverse and interesting range of events and exhibitions. Visitors can kick start their festive plans at the two museum sites with a range of holiday-inspired activities. From family-friendly and interactive seasonal workshops to the historically popular Curator’s Choice event, there is something to please all festive fun-seekers this winter.

Beginning on 3 December, our delightful Christmas programme will be inspired by our collections and historical buildings to offer an exciting twist on traditional Christmas activities. Starting at the Art Gallerywith our A Victorian Christmas workshop, there will be the exclusive opportunity to examine the beautifully elaborate – and sometimes funny! – Victorian Christmas cards from the museum collections, before having the chance to design and take home your own creation.

During our A Mesolithic Winter workshop at The Rotunda Museum on 10 December, visitors will be challenged to think like prehistoric people, living with nature as their only resource. From this, people will try their hand at designing and creating modern-day Christmas decorations using a variety of natural materials and home-made prehistoric glue.


Back at the Art Gallery, An Uppleby Christmas on 17 December will delve into the Gallery’s festive history when it was once home to the prominent Uppleby family. Visitors will be given the opportunity to create a Victorian Kissing Bough, take it home, and display it just like the Uppleby’s once did in the entrance hall to their home.

To round up the Christmas programme and celebrate the New Year, there will be TWO hands-on events: Painting in the New Year: Designs on Scarborough, a creative workshop inspired by the current A New Olympia exhibition and New Year Celebration – Charm Creation, a look at the weird and wonderful meanings behind Scarborough’s William James Clarke’s folklore charms.

The carefully planned workshops will guarantee an innovative and interesting experience for all, as well as providing a free festive experience for families.

Additionally, there is a Curator’s Choice event titled The Birth of the Rotunda, which is being held on 7 December at The Rotunda. The talk will explore the founding of The Rotunda Museum, as well as unearthing the history of the Scarborough Philosophical Society. Curator’s Choice events are highly popular with locals and are not to be missed. Thus, Scarborough Museums Trust is repeating its Curator’s Choice: A Grand Scheme for Scarborough at the Art Gallery on 6 January 2018.

Visitors can also still explore the two major temporary exhibitions presently on show at the Art Gallery. Through A Day at the Seaside, they can take a break from the cold weather and go for a trip down memory lane to summer days gone by. At A New Olympia: Designs on Scarborough visitors will be able to explore the fascinating plans for 1930s Scarborough, drawn up by architect Stanley Davenport Adshead. Both exhibitions have been greatly received by the public and continue to draw in crowds from afar.

Also over the winter period, Masons, a temporary exhibition detailing the intriguing story behind Freemasonry is on show in the Community Gallery. Visitors can explore the initial historic concept to the modern-day running of the fraternal organisation in the display which will run until 31 December.

Finally, for visitors struggling to buy gifts for those hard to please relatives, both the Art Gallery and Rotunda Museum shops hold bespoke and interesting gifts that are sure to please even the hardest to buy for.

Ruth Yoxon, Education officer at Scarborough Museum Trust, said: “We are really looking forward to the holiday season at Scarborough Museums Trust. From our popular Curator’s Choice talks to our exhibitions and festive events – we have a busy but exciting winter period ahead. We have been working hard on our winter activities programme and have made sure to maintain strong links with our collections through a wide range of intriguing, creative and fun-filled sessions for all ages. See you there!”

Winter 2017 is shaping up to be a fun-filled and festive delight for Scarborough Museums Trust with a programme bursting with weekly free seasonal events. For more information on the upcoming workshops, exhibitions and talks, please visit