Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Open Day – 19th March 2016

Thanks to everybody who came out to see us today, the feedback was really positive and it was good to meet and talk to so many people.

SAM would like to also welcome the 4 new life members who signed up today.  At only £10 they will certainly get their monies worth and we’re looking forward to seeing them again soon.

Keep checking back on the website as we will update you on progress on our new premises and other events that may be of interest.

Our last Open Day at our current premises will be on the 28th May and we look forward to welcoming friends old and new then.

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SAM broadcasts to the nation!

Well maybe not quite the nation.

Please listen if you can to Radio Humberside at 7:45am on Saturday 19th March as our Chairman, Bill Coultard, will preview the Open Day taking place later the same day.

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BBC’s ‘Digging For Britain’ in our area…

BBC 4’s ‘Digging for Britain’ programme (24th March 9.00pm) will feature the exciting Iron Age excavation at Pocklington.  It is clear that there are many similarities between what has been found at Pocklington and what was found at the Kirkburn excavations in the 1980’s as featured in SAM’s centrepiece ‘Swords, Spears and Skeletons exhibition.  At both places an Iron Age ‘Arras’ culture warrior buried with his sword and a body has been found that had been speared after death along with many more graves.
At Southburn Archaeological Museum (SAM) you see our reconstruction of the Kirkburn grave and our display about how the local Parisi tribe lived and died over 2,000 years ago in what is now East Yorkshire.   SAM has an open day from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 19th March where you can see this and many more artefacts and try our historical ‘hands on’ activities.
If you can’t come on Saturday, you can make an appointment to visit by calling 01377 271180 or emailing
An article from the Pocklington Post can be read here or the BBC website here.

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Waterloo and Some Yorkshire Connections

Our colleagues at the Friends of Malton Museum have an interesting lecture coming up on Wednesday 16th March 2016

“Waterloo and Some Yorkshire Connections” to be given by Paul Brunyee

From Whitby to Hull and from Easingwold to Malton there were Yorkshire men who fought at Waterloo 200 years ago. They were gunners, infantrymen and cavalrymen. Some on returning home died in Dickensian poverty, whilst others continued in their army careers and prospered with one or two reaching high rank and one of them becoming a close confidante of the Duke.

Some are remembered through letters and diaries, whilst others are remembered in paintings. The rank and file are largely remembered through the census and newspaper obituaries – for one thing marked them out above other men, as the poem has it, ‘What does it matter when you have fought at Waterloo!

Paul, an expert on the Waterloo campaign will illustrate his talk with a PowerPoint presentation, period weapons and reference to letters written by some of these soldiers.

Venue: The Library, East Wing, Malton School, MIddlecave Road, Malton at 7.30 p.m.

Friends of the Museum – free of charge.   Visitors £3.00

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New Location Update

The new modular building for Green Lane, which we plan to use as our new display room, has now been assembled and is being finished off by the contractors.  Next week they are due to be turning their attention to refurbishing the exterior of the former office building which will contain the ‘hands on’ activities as well as kitchen and toilet facilities for the new museum.  The next step will be construction of a ramp giving disabled access to both buildings.

We cannot emphasise enough our appreciation and gratitude for JSR’s help in funding all of these activities to enable SAM to continue and offer an even better experience to our visitors in future.

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