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Swing Low, Sweet Chariot…

“Swing low, sweet chariot, coming for to carry me home.” may be sung by the crowds at Twickenham but may soon be heard in our corner of East Yorkshire.

The reconstruction of the Wetwang Chariot, a centre piece of the British Museum’s Celts exhibition (as seen below), could be returning to SAM at our new premises.


Negotiations are at an early stage but it is an exciting possibility that the chariot could return to take its place in the very heartland of chariot burials in England.

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Excavation sheds new light on Skipsea Castle

An earthwork at Skipsea has been revealed as being 1,500 years older than previously thought and details can be found in the Guardian article here.

One puzzle for people may be why there is this huge Iron Age burial when we keep telling people about the relatively small ‘square barrows’ of the Iron Age Parisi tribe in East Yorkshire.  The Guardian article mentions similar large burials around the Heuneburg Fort in Germany which was built by people of the early Iron Age Hallstatt culture which lasted roughly from 800 to 500 BC. The Parisi with their smaller burials  represent a later Iron Age culture called La Tene which followed on from the Hallstatt.

Some sources have suggested that the large embankments around the Castle are pre-historic in origin and this new discovery may support that view.  It may well shed new light on the early Iron Age in East Yorkshire and the ancient importance of Skipsea.

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Stamford Bridge Battle Weekend

The Battle of Stamford Bridge Society are great friends of SAM and have been for a number of years. We’re pleased to share details of an exciting forthcoming event.

The “Stamford Bridge Battle Weekend” commemorations are taking place over the weekend of 24th/25th September, the event marks the 950th anniversary of the “forgotten battle ” of 1066, which may have change the course of British history. As well as marking the battle anniversary this will be a fitting tribute to Tom Wyles who many of you will have met and who was eager to mark this day in history and who sadly past away earlier this year. As well as one of the largest battle re-enactments of it’s type there will also be lots of living history displays and family entertainments.

Full details can be found here. as well as advance discount ticket sales. Volunteers are also sought for stewarding etc. over the weekend, please contact Chris Rock via the website if you are able to help.

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SAM’s new kitchen!

Work to create SAM’s new premises at Green Lane had a boost with funding from the Lissett Community Wind Farm Fund which is enabling  SAM to completely refurbish the kitchen on site.

SAM volunteers have been working hard on the kitchen which will be an important new facility for the museum.

Pictures to follow soon!

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Move Underway

The visit of the East Riding Dialect Society on the 16th June was the last visit to take place at our current premises.

Work is already underway on the new site at Green Lane which will open in March 2017.  Keep checking back here for updates on progress and perhaps for sneak previews of the new exhibitions.

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Rod Mackey

We are sad to report the death on 7th June of Rod Mackey, Vice Chairman of the East Riding Archaeological Society and an outstanding local archaeologist.  Rod practiced archaeology for many decades at sites all over this area but also further afield including continental Europe and  South America.  He was a source of great knowledge which he freely shared with so many people including those of us lucky enough to study under him at Hull University or to work on his digs.  He will be greatly missed.

Rod passed away peacefully after a struggle with cancer. The funeral service (a non-religious ceremony) will be held on Wednesday  the 22nd June in Beverley Minster, then burial in Queensgate Cemetery followed by a meet up in the Monks’s Walk Pub.

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SAM talks to Steve Redgrave

Ok, not Sir Steve Redgrave of Olympics fame but this coming Saturday (28th May 2016) our Chairman, Bill Coultard, will be speaking to BBC Radio Humberside’s Steve Redgrave on BBC Radio Humberside between 8:45am and 8:50am to preview the Open Day taking place later the same day.

The Open Day will be the last of 2016 as we close in June to re-open in 2017 at our new Green Lane site so this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Sir Steve was no stranger to gaining gold in his boat and we’re hoping that the Vikings who are joining us on Saturday are not coming to reclaim theirs from the Museum!


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The Vikings are coming!

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SAM is delighted to welcome members of the Jorvik Viking Centre to our forthcoming Open Day on the 28th May 2016.  Jorvik, suffered substantial flood damage in December 2015 and is presently closed.  Like SAM, Jorvik will be re-opening in Spring 2017 but, in the meantime they are wanting to involve people in #CampaignCanute to help develop and fund new and even better experiences and displays when they re-open.  More details of #CampaignCanute can be found on  Jorvik’s own website.

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Hunmanby History Group Visit

Today we hosted a visit of the Hunmanby History Group to the Museum and although the weather was cold, we hope the welcome wasn’t.

Everybody who came along seemed to leave with something, be it weaving, a clay pot or in some cases a fragment of chain mail.  Thanks to all those who attended; it is great on days like these where visitors and volunteers can share their knowledge and there were a good deal of interesting discussions and debates taking place.


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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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