Monthly Archives: February 2016

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Ready to go for 2016!

The museum underwent its annual ‘deep clean’ yesterday.

In preparation for the new season, volunteers gave the museum a thorough cleaning and check up in time for our first Open Day.  Cabinets were cleaned and polished, floors washed and vacuumed, exhibits and display boards checked, looms and querns all primed and we’re all ready for our first visitors.

Many thanks to everyone who turned out to help.  Many hands make light work and our preparations were completed in double quick time.

In preparation for our move to new premises, the season is truncated this year but our two Open Days are:

19th March 10am – 4pm

28th May 10am – 4pm

We look forward to welcoming visitors and friends, old and new.

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Chariot Burials

Here at SAM we’ve previously had the British Museum’s reconstruction of the Wetwang Chariot on display and this recently formed an important element of the recent Celts exhibition.  That exhibition is now moving on to the National Museum of Scotland but for those interested in more detail in chariot burials why not look to attend the the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society’s lecture “Chariot Burials of Britain” to by given by Dr. Melanie Giles (Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Manchester).

This will be held on Friday 19th February 2016 at 7.30pm at the North York Moors National Park Authority Committee Room on Bondgate in Helmsley.

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From the Star Carr Team

The Star Carr team have recently announced the following:

“I am delighted to inform you that artefacts from Star Carr are now being exhibited at the Rotunda Museum, Scarborough.

I would also like to inform you that the Star Carr project now has a a twitter account: @archaeostarcarr and a Facebook page  If you are a Facebook user please like it and share it – we will be uploading news, images and information through the year

We have now finished all our excavations at both Star Carr and Flixton Island and are now writing up our work in a series of publications and monographs. We will keep you informed of our progress!”

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Sad news

It is with great sadness that we have heard of the passing of Tom Wyles, a wonderful member of the Battle of Stamford Bridge Society.  Southburn Archaeological Museum has been privileged to have shared events with the BoSBS and with Tom and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Chris Rock has posted his tribute on the BoSBS website

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We’re Moving!

Southburn Archaeological Museum (SAM) is to have a short season in 2016 and will re-open in new, improved premises in 2017

Planning Permission has been received from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for the new SAM buildings at Green Lane between Driffield and NaffertonWe can now firm up on our plans for a short 2016 season from March to early June at Southburn before we move the Southburn Museum and collection to the Green Lane site in the summer of 2016 and prepare it to open for a new season in March 2017.


Following the news in 2015 that JSR wanted SAM to vacate our current premises at Southburn which they need for other uses, SAM and JSR have worked together to secure the future of the Museum at new premises based at a former office at Green Lane near Nafferton and an additional newly reconditioned modular building and a portakabin storage facility.

This site has a number of advantages including being accessible without volunteers and visitors having to pass through working parts of the farm, it has its own kitchen/utility room  and a toilet.  It also has a dedicated parking area.

Whilst, in some ways, it is disappointing to leave Southburn and the premises originally given to Brian Hebblewhite by the late John Rymer, founder of JSR Farms for his collection of ancient artefacts, the new premises offer a number of significant advantages and the level of investment and practical support  that JSR has been willing to make is indicative of their continuing commitment and we thank them for it.  The Southburn collection will remain intact and will continue to be at the heart of our displays.



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