Friday, 13 January 2012

Sailors' sixpence

The exhibition " Sailors' Sixpence : the lives of Whitby seamen revealed through the Muster Rolls " was officially opened yesterday by Captain S. L. Gamble, Master Warden, Trinity House, Hull.

These Muster Rolls are crew lists from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and are now beginning to reveal the lives of Whitby seamen, telling tales of wars and trade, national events and personal tragedies.
In this exhibition, you can explore the history of these muster rolls, find out about their national importance, and learn about the conservation that will preserve their future.

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Location:Whitby Museum

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Good luck for the New Year

In Japanese, the Seven Gods of Luck are called Shichifukujin 「七福神」, from shichi 七 = seven, fuku 福 = happiness, good fortune and kami, jin 神 = god. The museum has a beautiful representation of Takarabune. In the ship are Fukurokuju (God of happiness, wisdom, longevity, virility and fertility), Hotei (God of happiness, satisfaction and abundance), Juroujin (God of longevity) and in the second row Bishamonten (God of war and warriors), Ebisu (God of good fortune, commerce and honest work), Benzaiten (Goddess of arts and knowledge) and Daikokuten (God of wealth and prosperity).

The  Museum will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2012. Please note that the café is closed from the end of November until mid-February.

Happy New Year! あけましておめでとう!