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Learning about archaeology

Memory boxes

The Museums Service has a range of boxes containing real and replica objects, information sheets, quizzes etc. which are available for schools to borrow. These include boxes relating to the Iron Age, The Romans, the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. More information on the boxes and how to borrow them is available in the Handling boxes page.


Children’s workshops on subjects such as the Ancient Egyptians and the Romans are a regular feature of our events programme. There are also occasional larger events with costume re-enactors such as Celtic Life Day (2007) and Dark Ages Day (2009). Information on this programme of events is available on the Events at the Treasure House page.

The Treasure House currently has two jigsaws with an archaeological theme, a pot building game and a selection of books for all ages. Further activities are planned for summer 2012.

Activity kits

Download our range of fun and educational “Cut ‘n’ Paste” kits based around buildings or objects from Ancient Egypt, Rome, the Vikings etc. These are free to use for non commercial purposes.

Egyptian mask kit (pdf 359kb opens in new window)

Viking helmet kit (pdf 239kb opens in new window)

Round house kit (pdf 458kb opens in new window)


The Treasure House runs an annual lecture programme which includes talks on archaeological subjects. Museums staff are also available to give talks to local societies by appointment and subject to a fee. Available lectures include:

  • “The Archaeology collections of East Riding Museums”,

  • “A slice through time: Archaeological materials”,

  • “Coins, tokens and Funny Money”

  • “The South Cave Weapons Cache”.

Booklets to accompany some of these lectures can be purchased at the Treasure House.