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The Whitby Jet Heritage Centre

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Address: 123B Church Street, Whitby YO22 4DE, England
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+44 1947 821530
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11:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The Whitby Jet Heritage Centre houses the last remaining example of an...

The Whitby Jet Heritage Centre houses the last remaining example of an authentic Victorian Jet Workshop. We are proud to act as custodians of a unique and historic piece of local history and to offer the chance to view the only remaining example of Whitby Jet's nineteenth century cultural heritage, an original Jet Workshop discovered sealed in an old attic of a derelict property in Burns Yard, Whitby. We strive to develop new ways of presenting Whitby Jet, whilst still incorporating the traditional methods of manufacture and design. As well as producing a hand carved range of contemporary styles we are the only craftspeople to offer many styles that pay homage to the carving styles of the mid-nineteenth century. Pleas note: Our building is 250 years old so has 3 steps leading down to it. The Victorian Workshop has been kept completely authentic as it was found and is the size of a small attic due to this we do not recommend parties of more than 6 at a time in the workshop. We are always happy to help so when visiting us if you have any questions or would like further information please just ask.

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Small but interesting museum

This is an interesting little museum to visit especially as it's free. It fascinating to see the old tools used to make jet jewellery, and to also see the man making jewellery as... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 August 2016
eeyorelover
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

This small museum is really worth a visit. Entry is free and the enthusiastic staff explain all about the history of jet. The museum is situated at the bottom of the 199 steps, known as the Church Stairs, to the famous St Mary's Church at the top. It's set in a fabulous area with the cobbled streets and ancient houses... More 

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Thank JuneBug1939
Redditch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Fantastic little centre with a small museum (free entry) displaying the old tools used to make jet jewellery. Located on the way to the 199 steps. Passionate staff who were happy to explain the history of Jet. The beautiful jewellery for sale was all made by the young girl serving or her father. You get a authenticity certificate with your... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

To find out the history behind Whitby jet was great, we had already purchased some jet jewellery at another store but this was not only a small museum but also a family run business that made some beautiful jewellery at very reasonable prices. Free entry and should you enjoy it you may give a donation for up keep

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

This is an interesting little museum to visit especially as it's free. It fascinating to see the old tools used to make jet jewellery, and to also see the man making jewellery as well. The shop part was ok.

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Thank eeyorelover
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

It's worth seeking this place,situated in the old town side of Whitby. An interesting section explaining the working of jet plus the original machinery traditionally used. There's also a lovely little shop selling beautiful jet jewellery, plus while visiting the workshop was actually being worked in by a man working a piece of jet jewellery.Recommended.

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Thank D P
Durham, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

I bought pair of beautiful jet earrings 20 mins later when I opened the box it was EMPTY. Immediately returning to the shop I was given my money back. BE CAREFUL.

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Thank 868woo
imogenredvers-jones, Owner at The Whitby Jet Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Hi, Both of us that work in the shop have no recollection of this happening AT ALL. We are a small family run business who love what we do and work incredible hard to champion Whitby jet and provide our customers with the best possible service. As protocol we always show the customer the jewellery before shutting the box. If... More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

Went here as passing while strolling around as much as anything to get out of the baking sun for a few minutes. Really interesting. Only takes about 10 minutes to go round as is very small. Would not want tone there when really busy. Not really suitable for younger kids as lots of reading.

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Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Great insight into what used to be a thriving industry in these parts. One modern jeweller continues to ply this trade and his/her wares are for sale in a couple of the local shops.

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Thank Jon69Don
Bewdley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

This was a delightful place to find (especially as it was raining cats & dogs at the time). We did not like to disturb the man working on a piece of jet, as we could see the concentration that was needed for the task. The history of the jet industry and tools was interesting and informative. It wasn't the largest... More 

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Thank Sue D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

The owner was very helpful he told us we're are purchase was found and that all his stock is certified Whitby jet which he and others collect from the beach

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