Exhibitions & Galleries

Grim and Havelock: The Wake

May 20
20th May 2023 - 10th June 2023

On exhibition at Grimsby's turntable gallery - the iconic statue of Viking legend Grim and Havelock before its much-needed restoration.

Grim and Havelock: The Wake represents the culmination of many years of research and debate, regarding not just the legend but the heritage of the great town of Grimsby.

The show aims to display the statue of Grim and Havelock by the late Douglas Wain-Hobson in its ultimate state of disrepair.  Share your thoughts and memories of this iconic local sculpture and celebrate the work’s former life - becoming part of the statue's history and legacy, and making the future resurrection of the piece possible.

The exhibition presents classical recounts of the legend and weaves them with a contemporary timeline of how the sculpture has earned its place in the history of our town.

Gallery directors Darren and Dale will also share their own recollections and research around the significance of the sculpture and invite you all to share your stories, in a brand new show, which immerses the visitor in the sights, scents and stories of The Wake.

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About the restoration

The restoration project of the Grim and Havelock statue in Grimsby, undertaken by the dedicated team at Heritage Project, is a testament to preserving the town's rich history and cultural heritage.

This iconic statue, paying homage to the legendary figures from local folklore, has been given a new lease on life through meticulous restoration work. Heritage Project's skilled artisans have painstakingly repaired and rejuvenated the statue, bringing back its original grandeur for future generations to admire. This project stands as a shining example of community-driven efforts to safeguard historical landmarks, ensuring that the legacy of Grim and Havelock continues to inspire and captivate visitors in Grimsby.


opening times

Saturday 20th May - Saturday 10th June
Open Wednesday to Saturday, 11:00 to 15:00

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Turntable Gallery

8 Victoria Street South

Freshney Place


DN31 1DP

More About The Venue

turntable gallery

Newly established contemporary art gallery nestled in North East Lincolnshire's historic fishing town of Grimsby. With exhibitions featuring internationally known artists Tim Noble and Jake Chapman, and Turner Prize Winner Jeremy Deller.