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About the hall and museum

The hall

Sewerby Hall is a Grade I listed Georgian country house with Regency and Victorian additions, set in 50 acres of picturesque park. Following a major restoration in 2014 the Hall is now displayed as it might have appeared in the Edwardian period. The Hall also contains an important collection of Amy Johnson memorabilia and galleries in which a temporary exhibition programme is displayed.

The house itself was begun in 1714 when John Greame I demolished a pre-existing Tudor manor house, replacing it with an elegant Georgian villa. Bow wings and a portico were added in 1808-1811. Between 1820 and 1840 the Orangery was added, as well as new stables, now the Clock Tower Cafe, and a new dining room. The last major building campaign came in the 1890s: a new dining room was added and the older one converted into a billiard room and library. Other works at this time included the modernisation of the laundry and the fitting of a new kitchen. The House was sold to Bridlington Corporation in 1934 and opened to the public by Amy Johnson in 1936.

Visit the main Sewerby Hall website for more information on the facilities and programme of events.

Sewerby Hall (external East Riding website)

The museum

Sewerby Hall has been restored to reflect its appearance as the home of the Lloyd-Greame family during the Edwardian period, where visitors can see the family rooms which contain displays of fine furniture, much of it borrowed from the Victoria and Albert Museum. They can also visit the less decorative servants wing where an audio-visual display in the servant's hall explains the roles of some of the domestic staff. The Housekeeper's room and butler's pantry have been recreated and the kitchen has been restored to its 1890s appearance with a fully working coal fired range.  

On the first floor, there is a display of Edwardian underwear and a corset to try on! as well as a Nursery with Edwardian style toys that children can play with. Visitors are welcome to rest awhile in the first floor study: relax in one of the chesterfield sofas, read a book from the shelves or just enjoy the stunning view across the parkland and over to the sea. In the next room there is dressing up for children... and adults. There are temporary exhibition galleries, and in My Sewerby it is possible to find out a little more about the history of the Hall after 1934. Two rooms are given over to the Hall's important collection of Amy Johnson memorabilia, a gift from Amy’s father in October 1958 and a short film about her record breaking flight to Australia.

The gardens

In addition to the Hall, there are parks, gardens, and a glorious view of Bridlington Bay. You will also find a zoo, woodland walks, a landtrain, picnic areas, children's facilities, golf and putting, cricket and bowls and a range of outdoor entertainment throughout the year.

Hall exterior for About the museum at content page size
Exterior of the Hall in winter
Old image of the staircase
Historic image of the staircase
Art exhibition in the museum rooms