Sutton & Wawne Old School Museum

Folk & Family History Centre near Hull
Opening at 10:00 on Friday
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Let's look at some hats. We'll soon be into the wedding season before we know it, and this pic may be of help looking for fashion ideas. No? Surely, are these of no help at all? Our caption simply says, "A Wedding Party". But, who's. Not even sure if this is Sutton. I'd love to know what t...

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It's not quite this bad yet, but for any ex-pats that are missing it, here is a seasonal scene they may well remember. From our Alan Thurloe collection, of about 10 years ago. I'll add just three words that may raise a memorable distant smile: milk ice thawing

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE. Our first pic of the new year is from GP1, our first Glass Plate album of the collection of the Rev'd George Coleman. A group of boys, having their collective lunch on the doorstep of our Old School. The caption simply says, "Stoneferry - boys? c.1900". But are they...

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A brief taster to look forward to spring. And a memory of what the field behind the school used to look like. So many ex-pupils of those times visit us, and look out of the back and tell us of this view, and how much they enjoyed the outdoor lessons and views of unbroken countryside all the way...

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Merry Christmas everyone! Keeping to our Christmas theme, we have one of our treasured slides from the Eric Johnson Collection, from many years ago. How long? Well, from ****ty years ago at least.

Year 5 Choir from the St James' Academy came to sing Christmas carols and songs for us on Friday 13th. It was lovely, they raised the roof!! Always welcome, they cheer us up and keep this place alive.

One of our many views in our 'Glass Plate' albums, photos left to us from the collection of Rev George Coleman, taken 1905-10, before the First War. A charming study of two of St James' CoE School pupils. Pic has to pre-date 1911, for that is when the extension was added that now forms our tear...

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Today was a wierd sort of day at the Museum. We had two separate enquiries, one from a gentleman enquiring after a g-grandmother who died in 1864. He had a copy of the parish record for her burial, gained from The Treasure House at Beverley, and was hoping to find her grave. Likewise, two sist...

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Another busy day in the museum today, reasearching two different houses in the village for visitors. One of which is a quite well-known abode, which I will not name yet, but here is a picture for folks to muse over and see if they have any idea. The only clue I'd give is that it turns out it is...

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7 months ago
Very interesting, helpful and friendly volunteers, would recommend
- Susan B
9 months ago
great with my family coming from Sutton all the more interesting
- Glen H
a year ago
Lot's of information regarding The Sutton Village area, WW1 & 2 very helpful volunteers open 10am - 2pm every Friday you will be amazed by the information available.
- Elaine K

Family History Centre

We are a local Folk Museum and Family History Centre inside this Grade II listed old school building of 1859 in Sutton village; the oldest former council school in Hull still used for educational purposes: staffed entirely by Volunteers and supported by visitor donations.  Our areas of interest for history also includes Wawne, Stoneferry and Wilmington and The Groves, because St James' parish used to extend right down to Witham until about 1880 !  See our main website, at
We have a tearoom, serving just teas & coffee, biscuits, £1pp ; visitors welcome to bring their own sandwiches, especially if visiting for several hours to do lots of research.

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25 Church Street
United Kingdom

Opening Hours

Fri:10:00 am – 2:00 pm
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