Category Archives: Open Days

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May Open Day Guests Confirmed

We are excited to announce that our guests on the Open Day on the 12th May will be members of the team from the Star Carr Archaeology Project.  The Star Carr site is a world renowned Mesolithic site and members of the team will be on hand to answer questions and talk about the finds and discoveries made over the many years of excavation.

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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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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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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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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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Ready to go for 2016!

The museum underwent its annual ‘deep clean’ yesterday.

In preparation for the new season, volunteers gave the museum a thorough cleaning and check up in time for our first Open Day.  Cabinets were cleaned and polished, floors washed and vacuumed, exhibits and display boards checked, looms and querns all primed and we’re all ready for our first visitors.

Many thanks to everyone who turned out to help.  Many hands make light work and our preparations were completed in double quick time.

In preparation for our move to new premises, the season is truncated this year but our two Open Days are:

19th March 10am – 4pm

28th May 10am – 4pm

We look forward to welcoming visitors and friends, old and new.

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Heritage Open Day – 12th September 2015

The day started with heavy showers but that didn’t deter our visitors.  Right from opening we were very busy and the “hands on” activities were, as always, “full on”!


We welcomed our friends from the Jorvik DIG team who were on hand to show artefacts from York with a number of participation activities to complement our own.

Here’s a quote from one visitor who was kind enough to visit our Facebook page after their visit.

“I visited today with my sister for the first time. What an amazing place. A real credit to you all. Not only did we enjoy looking at the local finds, but also had fun trying out grinding the wheat and weaving. I will certainly come again and recommend it to others.”

Thanks again to all our volunteers, visitors and friends from Jorvik DIG.  That was our last Open Day of the year but if you want to arrange a private visit, please get in touch.  Alternatively, we will look forward to welcoming you next year.  Keep checking back on the website as we’ll be running Community Archaeology projects in the coming weeks and months.

Seen you soon!

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CBA Open Day – Saturday 18th July 2015

Our third Open Day of the year was held in conjunction with the Council of British Archaeology’s “Festival of Archaeology 2015″.  This was the first Open Day since receiving our Visit England’s Quality Assured Visitor Attraction accreditation and visitors, young and old alike, all seemed to go away satisfied and with nice things to say.

Whenever we hold Open Days, people often turn up with artefacts they have found and are interested in finding out more about.  At the next Open Day why not take advantage of our volunteers expertise and see what we can tell you about something you might have found.

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