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.
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.
“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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.