Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre is moving to a new home after a 10-year search for larger, more suitable premises.
The centre has been operating from rented premises in Eastborough for six years and has now secured the former Alice Maw shop which is just over the road.
The new premises has a larger exhibition space and a basement for storage of artefacts.
A full-scale fundraising campaign was put into action in 2014, endorsed by the charity’s patron, Lord John Beauclerk.
The fund has been contributed to by many local people including Maureen Robinson, Richard Guthrie (Broadland Properties), Sir Alan and Lady Ayckbourn, W. Boyes & Co Ltd, Scarborough Lions Club, The Albert Strange Association, IQ Chartered Accountants and many more. Maureen Robinson, who donated £50,000 to the centre, said: “I’m delighted about the move. They deserve it - they’re such a dedicated team. I think Scarborough will benefit from it too.” Renovation work is now under way and it is hoped the move will complete by the end of this summer.
Maritime Centre vice-chairman, Lindy Rowley MBE, said “All our volunteers and supporters have worked really hard to achieve this step and we are looking forward to an exciting future.”