What’s On

Events & Activities

(PLEASE NOTE: The project has now completed and all events & activities have finished).

Throughout the course of the project, we will be showcasing our volunteers’ work and using it to deliver various outreach events and activities including workshops, talks, and an interactive screen display.  Finally, the entire project and the ‘story’ of Cook, Welton & Gemmell, will be captured in an exclusive television documentary for broadcast on  That’s TV Humber in 2019.

Keep checking this page for updates on our outreach programme as it develops (please note that until confirmed, all our events are subject to change):

‘Trawling Through Time: The Story of Cook, Welton & Gemmell’  TV Documentary (Event Finished)


This exclusive TV programme for the Trawling Through Time project will look at the history of the famous Beverley shipbuilders and the vessels it produced, whilst also charting the progress of our project as we develop the company’s legacy – it’s Flat panel television setarchive- with an intergenerational partnership of volunteers helping to preserve local maritime heritage.

Preview Screening

  • Friday 16th August 2019, 7pm   (SOLD OUT.  Event Finishedat Parkway Cinema, Beverley.  Book tickets


Freeview Channel 7, Virgin 159


‘Trawling Through Time: The Story of Cook, Welton & Gemmell’  – Lecture (Event Finished)

Dr Robb Robinson (University of Hull) takes you on a voyage through the 80-year history of the Beverley shipbuilders, during which time 1,317 vessels were built, mostly fishing trawlers, for the major ports of Hull, Grimsby, Fleetwood, Lowestoft  and Aberdeen.


‘Cook, Welton & Gemmell’ Trawler Plans, Digital Display

(Event Finished)


An interactive display comprising two screens.  The first is an interactive touch-screen to showcase some of the digital copies of technical shipbuilding plans, being produced by our volunteers.  The second is a video display about the project and the history of the company.

Ran in Autumn 2018, at the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre , Grimsby (EVENT FINISHED)

Winter (from 7th December) at The Treasure House, Beverley  (EVENT FINISHED)

Spring 2019 (from 9th May) at the SS.Great Britain, Bristol (EVENT FINISHED)



Oral History Focus Group (Event Finished)

A group reminiscence interview led by Dr Alex Ombler (East Riding Archives).  Former shipyard workers, trawlermen, and other maritime industry workers or enthusiasts are invited to take part in a walkabout at Grovehill, Beverley, the site of Cook, Welton & Gemmell’s shipyard itself.  If you have a story of your own to tell,  Get Involved and email us at archives.service@eastriding.gov.uk

Friday 10th August 2018, 2.40pm at Grovehill, Beverley (EVENT FINISHED)


‘The Big Draw Meets Trawling Through Time’ Digital Design Activity (makerspace)

(Event Finished)

Big Draw imageDecorate your own ship using digital painting techniques in our activity, based around some of the ships plans digitised by our volunteers.  You might even recognise some of these Beverley-built ships as one or two are still around today, including the ‘Arctic Corsair’ and ‘The Yorkshire Belle’ from Bridlington.

Help us to create a fleet of ships on our design walls, which we’ll then add to our Galleries page.  You’ll also be able to take a digital and printed copy of your design home with you.

(Event jointly held by East Riding Museums and East Riding Archives as part of The 2018 Big Draw Festival

Saturday 20th October, 10am – 3.30pm at The Treasure House, Beverley (EVENT FINISHED)

(FREE – Drop in.  Fun for adults & children, including under 5s.  Children should be accompanied by an adult.)


‘Archives In 3D: Maritime’, Digital Modelling Workshop

(Event Finished)

Ai3D Maritime - Spurn LighthouseLearn how to create your own digital reconstructions of Hull and East Riding maritime heritage directly from plans, digitised by our volunteers, illustrations and other documents held at East Riding Archives .  With Hannah Rice (East Riding Archives).

Saturday 24th November, 10am – 3.30pm at The Treasure House, Beverley (EVENT FINISHED)