Welcome to Goole Museum
Discover the history of the UK’s most inland port town, Goole. Experience the life, love and loss of the people and their industrial heritage at this community museum. From boat builder’s models and ship paintings to domestic life and leisure pursuits, transport yourself into the past.
Bluebird and the Ship Wall
View models of vessels built in Goole or that sailed from the port over the years, each with their own tale of the high seas. The collection includes the model of Sir Malcolm Campbell’s ocean going motor yacht Blue Bird, built at Goole Shipbuilders in 1938. Originally commissioned to go treasure hunting in the Pacific Ocean, Blue Bird was requisitioned in 1940 took part in the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk.
Record collection of Reuben Chappell paintings
Goole Museum has the largest collection of Reuben Chappell's work outside of the National Maritime Museum. Chappell is Britain's best-known 'Pierhead’ painter. Originally from Goole, he started his career and married in the town, before moving away later in life. He added 'Goole’ to the end of his signature on much of his work. You can see many of his famous ship paintings on display in the Education Room. Watercolours can be viewed by request.