Whenever I'm in the area, up from London, I drop into Pannett Park because there's always something you missed. It's an old-world menagerie - retaining it's original victorian show cases. It's time travel not just through the history of the area and the town, but in its own right too.
Whitby and the "Jurassic" coast of NE England/Yorkshire boasts some of the most fantastic fossils. 280m years ago this area was both submerged in a tropical sea - with sea monster fossils to match (some of the best anywhere) - but also part of a river delta, so there are ferns and trees too, including the wonderful Whitby Jet (fossilised monkeypuzzle trees). There's a modest display from the human occupation after the glaciers melted 13,000 years ago - Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron ages...flints, burial urns. Some finds from the Roman signal stations along the coast are grizzly too! And they've retained some beautiful Saxon finds from Whitby Abbey.
There's something for every period thereafter, a real social history of the famous (Captain Cook and William Scoresby) to the mundane and an exquisite collection of Jet jewellery and knick-knacks. Hommage is also paid to Whitby's primacy as a seaport and fishery. The natural history is well covered - stuffed birds and mammals. Outside, the recent investment in the parkland and facilities is evident: it's a great space to be in with good views over Whitby towards the Abbey.
I think the only disappointment is that more funds aren't available to update some of the displays. It's all about funding, footfall and donations. However, they do make the best of what they have and their immensly rich and diverse heritage.
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