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From Local to Global

15 October 2022—19 February 2023Free with an Annual Pass (£3 / Free under 18s and registered carers)

Scarborough Art Gallery

A wealthy landowner and big game hunter, Colonel James Jonathan Harrison (1857-1923) of Brandesburton Hall, Yorkshire spent his extensive leisure time travelling the British Empire and beyond, hunting animals for pleasure and to fund his lifestyle.

After his death, his widow gave his collection of taxidermied animals, diaries, photographs, gramophone recordings and objects obtained on his travels to Scarborough Corporation. In the 1950s, the collection moved to the Wood End Natural History Museum and was absorbed within the museum’s collection.

Scarborough Museums and Galleries, like other organisations in this country, has benefitted from colonialism. The donation of the Harrison collection is one example of this. A collection like this can act as a springboard to explore multiple perspectives, some that have always existed, but have been marginalised by British colonial thinking.

This exhibition explores his collection as a new, dynamic archive. It does not follow the conventions of a traditional museum display that tells the ‘story’ of Harrison or focuses on themes. Instead, it recognises that this archive is an unfinished project, with multiple strands and layers.

Please Be Aware: the exhibition explores a collection of objects that contain images and descriptions of racial exploitation. We have included this material because it helps us to better understand British attitudes towards race that come from colonial past. We have tried to approach this material sensitively, but visitors may find some elements upsetting.

Find out more about the From Local to Global project here.

Image: © Scarborough Museums and Galleries

Admission Prices
£3 Annual Pass – admission to both Scarborough Art Gallery and the Rotunda Museum

Free – Under 18s and registered carers.

Opening Times
Tuesday – Sunday | 10am – 5pm

This exhibition is on the ground floor of the building and is fully wheelchair-accessible.

There is step free access to and around the ground floor of the gallery.

Toilets are located on the first floor and are accessed via stairs. There is no lift to the first floor. There is an accessible toilet next door, a short distance away, at Woodend Gallery and Studios.

You can also access this exhibition as a virtual tour here: https://virtualexhibition.v21artspace.com/from-local-to-global

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