The Peter Coke Shell Gallery

The gallery holds a collection of almost 200 shell sculptures, all of them produced by the late Peter Coke, actor (famous for playing Paul Temple on the radio), playwright and shellcraft artist. Most are on display at any one time, with rotation on an annual basis of items in storage. Shellcraft was popular in the 18th and 19th centuries and was developed by Peter Coke to a high level of sophistication, using the varied range of exotic tropical shells available of which he had an unparallelled knowledge. Shells available to purchase.

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Opening hours

Easter to the end of September, plus October half-term holiday, Monday to Saturday, 12 noon to 4 pm. Closed Sundays. Opening hours may depend on the availability of volunteers, so please check if traveling a long distance.

Admission charges

Free entry, but please make a donation to cover our operating costs.

The Peter Coke Shell Gallery
West Cliff
NR26 8JT

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01263 821737

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