The Whitby Literary & Philosophical Society runs
Whitby Museum, Library and Archives and has monthly lectures. The Society was established in 1823 and has around 800 members. It is one of the very few remaining Literary & Philosophical Societies that still runs an independent Museum, the older parts of which are often regarded as a 'Museum within a Museum' and have the atmosphere of an Edwardian 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.