Driggsby, A Whale's Tale

An exciting new immersive, interactive and inspiring exhibition from the imagination of over 150 children from schools on Cumbria’s west coast, telling the story of Driggsby the fin whale.

Discover Driggsby’s underwater world, meet the amazing creatures she shares the oceans with and follow her journey through dark tunnels, to the Mermaid's house, on to the North Pole and beyond.

Driggsby was a 12-metre-long, juvenile fin whale who washed up on Drigg beach and is now on display as part of the Tullie House collection. But how did she get here? Why did a young whale end up on a west Cumbrian beach?

Children from West Cumbria have worked with Prism Arts and Tullie House to explore life in our oceans, discover how Driggsby might have journeyed to Cumbria and learn why whales have been the inspiration for myths and legends. During this 18-month project, the children conducted beach cleans led by Workington Nature Partnership and saw for themselves how much rubbish can be found on our coastline. They left with a greater understanding and appreciation for the environment and are keen to spread the message that, in their own words, “The ocean is not a bin!”

The pupils, teachers and family volunteers worked with artists and staff from Prism Arts and Tullie House to create Driggsby’s story, creating illustrations and sharing ideas which have been turned into a book and now a major interactive exhibition showcasing Driggsby’s journey and celebrating her life.

Immerse yourself in the children’s world, be inspired by their story, their drawings and creations. Enjoy the opportunity to create your own as you are invited to make your pledge to Driggsby and her friends to help clean our seas.

Find out about our exciting programme of family activities here

Watch Ali from Whale Tales reading 'Driggsby, A Whale's Tale'

CRAFT & PUZZLES can be found here

To find out more about Driggsby online we have an area of our website dedicated to her and her story - click here to view.

Driggsby, A Whale's Tale is a partnership project between Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery and Prism Arts, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Coucil England.

Participating school are: Ashfield Infant & Nursery School, Distington Community School, Holme St. Cuthbert School, Mayfield SEND School, Seascale Primary School and St Michael's Nursery & Infant School.


Adult: Normal Admission charges apply Children: FREE with annual ticket holder


On: 18 th May 2021, 10:00 am Until: 01 st September 2021, 4:00 pm


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