As a registered charity our main aim is the education of the public. Our Centre is open Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 4pm all year round, entrance free.
Due to the size of our premises we can only accommodate groups of 12-15 at a time but larger groups can be split into two and one group taken on a tour of the harbour and old town or art gallery whilst the others are in the Centre.
Our volunteers are always happy to visit your group and deliver a presentation about Scarborough's amazing maritime history. For schools we have a treasure chest of maritime objects that can be loaned out to primary schools for educational purposes for use with children age 4 to 8. The treasure chest is in the shape of a wooden fish box and contains a scale model trawler net, fishermen and womens' clothing, a model coble boat and trawler, a model fish, lifebelt, ship's wheel, compass and many historic photographs. A set of maritime word 'flashcards' and a simple wordsearch game is included along with a teacher's guide book and CD.
SMHC volunteers are available to come into your school, group, club or organisation and deliver a talk on Scarborough's maritime history, call 01723 369361 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (There is no set fee for this service but donations to help keep the Centre going are appreciated).
If you are doing research into your family or local history we have a well stocked library and archive with a research area where you can use a computer and desk. Please contact us for more information.
CHILDREN'S UNIVERSITY - We are part of the CU network starting in 2016.