Filey Museum



Filey Museum built 1696

Discover the history and charm of 'Old Filey' inside the Museum, then walk to the Cliff Top to enjoy the superb views of Filey Bay

A Brief Guide to the Collection

The Bait House

The Museum retains the original basic layout of rooms which total eight in number including the outside display area.  each room is dedicated to a different aspect of local life and work which was common place in Filey until comparatively recent times.  Turning to the left, one can begin with the Filey Room.  This contains a wealth of bygones and ephemera of local interest.

Climbing the stairs one may discover the Sea Shore Room, next to a display of old Filey newspapers for browsing through.  Further along is the Fisher Collection which record life in Filey and to a lesser extent the surrounding villages during the last century.

At the far end of the landing are contemporary and seasonal exhibitions of local interest and are certain to bring back memories for the older visitor and fascinate the young.

Returning to the ground floor, the next room on the left contains domestic equipment, tools relating to rural crafts and a surprise before you leave!  Continuing along the right is the Victorian Room.  Great Grandmamma would have taken great delight in some of these treasures.

In the final room, before exploring outside, are a number of models of lifeboats and ships, with pictures and charts and many artefacts connected with the sea and the local fishing industry.  Fishing was once the most important occupation in 'Filey, supporting directly and indirectly most of the inhabitants. The door to the Lifeboat Room leads out into a delightful sheltered garden lovingly tended by a group of Friends of the Museum.  Here too, apart from the Bait House are many items of interest, both farming and fishing.  Of particular note is the Paget Stone erected on Filey Brig as a memorial and a warning to others.  It was itself rescued in recent years, having become detached from its fixing by erosion.

About the Museum


The Museum has recently undergone a complete refurbishment internally.  This was made possible with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund.  In the late 1960's, the two cottages were declared to be unfit for human habitation and were due to be demolished.  However, the Filey Urban District Council, which owned the building at the time , invited the Filey Local History Society to establish a museum collection in the premises.  The building was originally two single storey cottages with a thatched roof, and is the oldest domestic building in Filey as shown by the date 1696 above one of the doors.

One of the cottages was a farm until the 1960's while the other had been used as a private dwelling and shop.  The History Society accepted the offer, and after the building was prepared for occupation by the Council and much hard work by the local Lion's Club, the Museum was opened in 1971.

The Museum is a Grade II listed building and is entirely run by volunteers.  Visitors include local residents, students and tourists from Britain and overseas.  In 1994 the 'Friends of Filey Museum' was formed, which has a thriving membership.  If you would like details of either senior of junior sections please ask at the door.


The Museum is situated in the older part of the town, which has been known by a variety of names over the years; Fisherman's Road, Main Street, King Street and Queen Street.  This part of the old town was occupied by fishermen and their families, some of them living in tiny alleys or rents which led off the main street.  Many of the fishermen were self sufficient and grew their won vegetables, bred their own chickens and rabbits and fattened a pig or two.  Whole families were involved in the fishing industry, as in the Bait House where a couple may be seen skeining mussels and baiting lines for 'winter fishing'.  This addition to the Museum was built for us by Filey Lion's Millennium project.

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