John Tindale: A Vision of Whitby

Exhibition at Whitby Museum until Sunday 8 May

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The exhibition shows the photography of John Tindale from scenic landscapes to portraiture and news photography. It also documents his life and how his involvement in Whitby life strengthened over time as he became involved in preserving its culture and past as well as helping to build a vision for its future through artefacts, illustrations, photographic material, information.

The exhibition also features a new mini-theatre where you can see the stunning 20-minute film, ‘Vision of Whitby’. Put together by renowned film maker, Anne Dodsworth, the film highlights what is special about Whitby and the people who live in it. The film also documents the life and work of John including interview footage with local people who knew and worked with him. The film is presented in a truly artistic style across three screens giving dramatic impact to new Whitby drone footage and archival material. There are also special sections on projects John was involved with such as the North York Moors Railway and the return of the HMS Endeavour to Whitby all accompanied by the music of local country musician Paul Wheater as well as an original soundtrack.

Complementing the main film are two shorter films; ‘You’ll Never Tame the Sea’ and ‘A Whitby Life’. During the 1970s and 80s John Tindale recorded a series of interviews with Whitby characters who had a story to tell. These interviews have been combined together with historical film footage of life in Whitby and at sea, much of which has never been seen before.

As well as the film footage, in a first for Whitby Museum the exhibition includes touchscreen technology enabling you to now search the entire 20th century of the Whitby Gazette. A truly wonderful resource for the museum and the people of Whitby.


‘A well presented and thoroughly entertaining exhibition. Well done to all concerned’

‘Most enjoyable, will be coming again’

‘Fabulous. As a local I felt heart warmed and proud. Very nostalgic and honest could relate to so much’

‘A fascinating, engaging portrait of a remarkable man’

Additional Information

Whitby Museum is situated in Pannett Park.

Normal admission rates to Whitby Museum are –
Adults              £7.00
Students          £5.00
Children           FREE
Free admission to all residents of the parish of Whitby. 

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