What’s On

Events & Activities

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 by Estuary TV channel.

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’  – Lecture

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


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.

On NOW until 18th September at the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre , Grimsby

Autumn (from 21st September) at The Treasure House, Beverley

Spring 2019 (exact dates TBC) at the SS.Great Britain, Bristol



Oral History Focus Group

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.  Get Involved and email us at archives.service@eastriding.gov.uk

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


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

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

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


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

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

(FREE Admission, Booking – ESSENTIAL.  Book online)


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

Estuary TV

In association with Estuary TV, this programme 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 archive- with an intergenerational partnership of volunteers helping to preserve local maritime heritage.

Summer 2019 (exact date of broadcast TBC) on Estuary TV

Freeview Channel 7, Virgin 159