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13th July Open Day

York Archaeological Trust will be our guests at our Open Day on the 13th July. and will be bringing along a special handling collection of Roman artefacts.

Murton Park Museum are supplying a Roman soldier’s artefact box which includes everything a Roman solder would carry around including clothiing and hand weapons. All of which can be handled!

All the usual activities for adults and children alike will also be available. We look forward to welcoming you.

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2019 Open Day Dates

The dates for our 2019 season are confirmed as:

Saturday 30th March 2019

Saturday 18th May 2019

Saturday 13th July 2019

Saturday 7th September 2019

Opening times for each day is 10am to 4pm. We look forward to welcoming you.

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Fascinating insights from Suffolk

At our last Open Day our friends from the Star Carr brought along an auroch’s skull (from a now extinct breed of giant cattle) for visitors to look at. It was a source of interesting discussion as it was recovered from Doggerland, a land mass which now lies under the North Sea.

Archaeologists in Suffolk have found a similar skull but in a context which gives an amazing insight into how our Neolithic ancestors lived their lives.

Click here to read the full story.

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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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We’re Moving!

Southburn Archaeological Museum (SAM) is to have a short season in 2016 and will re-open in new, improved premises in 2017

Planning Permission has been received from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for the new SAM buildings at Green Lane between Driffield and NaffertonWe can now firm up on our plans for a short 2016 season from March to early June at Southburn before we move the Southburn Museum and collection to the Green Lane site in the summer of 2016 and prepare it to open for a new season in March 2017.


Following the news in 2015 that JSR wanted SAM to vacate our current premises at Southburn which they need for other uses, SAM and JSR have worked together to secure the future of the Museum at new premises based at a former office at Green Lane near Nafferton and an additional newly reconditioned modular building and a portakabin storage facility.

This site has a number of advantages including being accessible without volunteers and visitors having to pass through working parts of the farm, it has its own kitchen/utility room  and a toilet.  It also has a dedicated parking area.

Whilst, in some ways, it is disappointing to leave Southburn and the premises originally given to Brian Hebblewhite by the late John Rymer, founder of JSR Farms for his collection of ancient artefacts, the new premises offer a number of significant advantages and the level of investment and practical support  that JSR has been willing to make is indicative of their continuing commitment and we thank them for it.  The Southburn collection will remain intact and will continue to be at the heart of our displays.



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SAM AGM 2015

SAM’s AGM will be held in the Pearson Room at the JSR Visitor Centre at 7:00pm on 12th November, 2015.

Members should have received an email which included attachments for the Minutes from the 2014 AGM, 2015 Agenda, Chairman and Treasurer’s reports, independent Auditor’s report and a copy of SAM’s current constitution.  If you have not received these please do get in touch.

Everybody attending and voting at the AGM must be current members of SAM.  New or lapsed members are very welcome to join/renew membership using the form on the SAM website or on the evening before the business of the AGM starts.

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