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Thank you everybody!

What a brilliant day!  Our first Open Day at Green Lane went better than we could have ever expected.  Thanks to everybody to came along and it was great to welcome faces both familiar and new.  The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive and we’re already looking forward to our next Open Day.

Thank you once again to both our visitors and the SAM volunteers who make it possible.

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Absolutely Clueless!

Andy and Lucy from BBC Radio Humberside solved the fiendishly difficult cryptic clue on the Absolutely Clueless to lead them to the Museum.  You can listen again here and they reach the Museum at about 55 minutes.

Lucy had to bit of excavating of her own to find the next clue….

Lucy’s “Embattled soldier’s resting spot”


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First Open Day In Our New Home

We’re glad to say that preparations are almost complete and our first Open Day will be on the 22nd April 2017 between 10am and 4pm.

We’d love to welcome friends old and new to see the new exhibition space and dedicated ‘hands on’ area.  Thanks to a generous grant from the Humber Museums Partnership we now offer a great selection of activities for the Under 5’s.

One old friend who has returned is the replica Wetwang Chariot, kindly on loan from the British Museum.  In light of recent discoveries in Pocklington why not come and see for yourself what the chariot may have looked like.


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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year from S.A.M. to all of our visitors and supporters.  We look forward to re-opening in Spring 2017 at our new Green Lane location and to giving our visitors new and improved displays and activities showcasing the heritage of East Yorkshire.  Watch this site for more details.

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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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