Beverley Guildhall and Community Museum

Frontage of the Beverley Guildhall

The Guildhall was the traditional seat of government in Beverley from 1501 until the late 20th century. The building has splendid rooms, including a courtroom with stucco ceiling and panels by Guiseppe Cortese dating from 1762, and historic furniture that has been in place since it was acquired in the 17th and 18th centuries. Items on display include a set of "wait's" chains from the 15th century, and a unique mayoral bench known as a "bink".
A community museum has now been set up in the Guildhall, with a programme of temporary themed local history exhibitions, and a community display of photographs and memorabilia loaned by the people of Beverley.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Every Friday 10:00 - 16:00. Guided tours available at other times by arrangement with curator. A small fee is payable for this service.

Admission charges

Admission free.
Small charge for guided tours.

Collection of social history items relating to Beverley; includes an extensive collection of photographs. Part of the East Riding Museum collection of Elwell paintings, and some of the archaeology, is also on display. Items not on display are held in the museum store and can be viewed by prior arrangement.

Collection details

Social History, Photography, Decorative and Applied Art, Architecture, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Fred Elwell
  • Mary Dawson Elwell

Beverley Guildhall and Community Museum
Beverley Guildhall
Register Square
East Yorkshire
HU17 9XX


East Riding Museum Service



Curator, recorded information on no reply.

01482 392783


Main museum office

01482 392778

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