Author Archives: SAM

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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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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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