Expert Talks on Whitby Jet History, Geology, Gemmology & Archaeology
The Ebor Jetworks Whitby Jet Museum grew out of a need for Sarah to house and catalogue her extensive Whitby Jet collection. This space is now home to our teaching and research materials and is an ever evolving tribute to Whitby Jet heritage.
Situated in the very heart of historic Whitby, our beautiful historic 17th century building, with its uneven floors, exposed beams and original masonry was itself once home to a victorian Jetworker and provides the perfect backdrop and environment for us to explore and share our knowledge of this famous material.
Our Whitby Jet Museum contains the country’s largest collection of Whitby Jet simulants including over 30 species of rough gem materials. Many other materials have been retailed as jet over the past 150 years, a problem for the Whitby Jet industry to the present day. We also have an extensive collection of Whitby Jet simulants made into jewellery and artefacts, including an extensive range of Victorian mourning jewellery.
Sarah, a senior accredited gemmologist is the only professional researcher in the field of Hydrocarbon Gemmology. She is currently a postgraduate Whitby Jet researcher at Durham University. Learn more Whitby Jet simulants. Advanced Testing on Jet
Our museum space is also used for talks and jet education sessions during which we provide answers to many of the common questions asked by our visiting shop customers on a daily basis. Such as …What is Whitby Jet ? What is Whitby Jet made from ? Can i find Whitby Jet on the beach? Is Whitby Jet coal ? How much is Whitby Jet worth ? How to test Whitby Jet ? ..and of course What colour is Whitby Jet ?
During the sessions at our Whitby Jet museum we also take a look at many of the amazing myths and magical stories that surround this wonderful ancient material. A journey through time to discover the history of Whitby Jet and the many aspects that make up the complete story of Whitby Jet Heritage.
We can hold events for up to 15 people and have a wide range of options available for groups of all ages and abilities. Our previous talks have ranged from school children to historical re-enactors to advanced gemmologists. Please contact us if you would like to attend an event or have a group that would like to visit.