The Yorkshire Waterways Museum and its collection represents life and work on the inland waterways connected to the Port of Goole. It occupies a specially built building between the Aire and Calder Navigation and the Dutch River and is adjacent to Goole Docks. Galleries tell the story of the people that lived and worked on the inland waterways and connected industries. Ex-grain barge 'Room 58' provides an unusual floating art gallery space. Other vessels in the collection are used as classrooms and trip boats. The collection was initially started by the museum's governing charity, The Sobriety Project (named after a Humber Keel), which was founded as a social inclusion charity in 1973.
The collection has largely been donated by local people and waterways enthusiasts with some purchases made possible by grant giving bodies. With significant bequests of material the collection grew rapidly and the museum was registered in 1995. The collection comprises vessels, objects, tools, models, photographs and paintings. Paintings include ship portraits ‘LHB of Grimsby’ and ‘John and Mary of Stainforth’ by pier head painter Reuben Chappell, who worked in watercolours as well as in oils, and works by pier head painter A. J. Jansen.
Yorkshire Waterways Museum is still very much part of the Sobriety Project and uses the collection and museum resources to tackle social exclusion.
This location is open to the public
Dutch River Side, Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, DN14 5TB
If you are planning a visit to see a particular painting, check with the location first. Paintings can be moved at short notice