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Archaeological collections

We hold a large and varied archaeological collection, covering East Riding sites from Prehistory up to the 19th century. This rich archaeological resource includes material from professional and amateur excavations, as well as metal detecting finds and chance discoveries. The Museums Service also uses its Acquisition Fund to purchase significant archaeological treasures from the region. Visit the Portable Antiquities Scheme website for a definition of ‘Treasure’.

Portable Antiquities Scheme (external website)

The Museums Service collects to an agreed Acquisition & Disposal Policy which has been formally adopted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and is reviewed every two years. A copy of the latest policy document is available to download here.

Acquisition and Disposal Policy (pdf 254kb opens in new window)

The deposition of material from excavations is governed by a set of guidelines designed to ensure only material of real value for future study or display is deposited. We welcome close liaison between archaeology units and the Museums Service at all stages prior to deposition of material. A set of the deposition guidelines for archaeological material can be downloaded here.

Archaeological deposition guidelines (pdf 206kb opens in new window)

East Riding Museums Service’s stored archaeological collections are currently divided between the museums repository at the Treasure House in Beverley and Sewerby Hall Museum near Bridlington. Appointments can be made to view items in the collection by using the contact details here. Any catalogued archaeological artefacts in our collections can be searched by going to East Riding Treasures Online.

East Riding Treasures Online (external East Riding website)

Many of the records on this database have accompanying images. Records relating to excavations may have the full excavation report attached as a pdf. We are constantly working to improve the quality of this site.