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Archaeology displays

Archaeological material forms an important part of the permanent “Treasures of the East Riding” display located in the museum on the 1st floor of the Treasure House at Beverley. Individual cases within this display are changed periodically. On permanent display at the Treasure House in a purpose built environmentally controlled case is the internationally important South Cave Weapons Cache – a group of five Iron Age swords in their decorated scabbards, along with 33 spearheads. The cache was found by metal detectorists on agricultural land, and acquired with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Gallery 2 at the Treasure House features a programme of temporary exhibitions on local heritage. We also aim to have a major display on an archaeological theme at least every two years. A display on crafts in Medieval Beverley and the excavations on the Treasure House site prior to its construction will take place early in 2013. A small case in the café area is also used periodically for displays of recent acquisitions, often including archaeological finds.

The museum at Sewerby Hall also has displays including archaeology from the Bridlington area and occasional recent acquisitions displays.

Finally, Beverley Guildhall has a permanent display about the unique ivory woodworking plane found in the excavation of a Romano-British settlement at Goodmanham near Beverley.