East Riding Archives and Local Studies
The Treasure House
Treasure House Custodian
The Treasure House is an exciting new development in the provision of heritage services. For the first time, enthusiasts for East Riding history will be able to access under one roof a wide range of locally relevant archive, library, art gallery and museum material.
The Treasure House's state-of-the-art stores hold the collections of the East Riding Archives, Beverley Local Studies Library, Beverley Art Gallery, Beverley Guildhall and the Archaeology of the East Riding Museums Service. Visitors will be able to view documents, books, pictures, and historical objects from these collections in the ground floor Research Room. Staff are on hand to help with enquiries.
The first floor of the Treasure House, known as the Champney Galleries, is devoted to the interpretation and celebration of East Riding heritage. The "Treasures of the East Riding" permanent display offers an introduction to the history of the area and allows visitors to view highlights from the combined collections. A case has been set aside for the display of important objects on loan from national and regional heritage organisations.
From the first floor of the Treasure House a corridor links to the Edwardian Beverley Art Gallery which puts on temporary displays celebrating East Riding art as well as displaying national touring exhibitions. Notable features of the art gallery collection include the works of the Beverley born, Royal Academician, Fred Elwell, and of his wife, Mary Elwell.
Museum, Library, Archive, Gallery
Mon, Wed, Fri 9.30-17.00
Tues, Thurs 9.30-20.00
Please check before visiting.
Please order in advance items required for use on Tuesday evenings or Thursday evenings by 3.30 pm on the same day. Items for Saturdays should be ordered in advance by 3.30 pm on the previous Friday.
In its role as the Museum of the East Riding, the Treasure House acts as a repository for artefacts, documents and photographs relating to the archaeology, geology and social history of the East Riding. Notable holdings include the South Cave Weapons Cache, a unique group of Iron age swords/speaheads and a collection of First World War uniforms, photographs and documents relating to the East Riding Yeomanry. It also acts as a store for reserve collections from East Riding Museum Service's other sites - Beverley Guildhall, Beverley Art Gallery, Goole Museum and Skidby Windmill. Stored collections can be viewed by prior appointment.
Fine Art, Social History, Weapons and War, Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Agriculture, Photography, Natural Sciences
Key artists and exhibits
- South Cave Weapons Cache, East Riding Yeomanry material
One family's war : the Johnson Brothers, of Lockwood Street, Hull
- 7 June — 26 September 2014 *on now
Mini display. Story of three brothers who served in the Great War, including service in the East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire Regiments. To coincide with Armed Forces day.
Cavalry, Camels and Camaraderie: The East Riding Yeomanry in the Great War
- 12 July — 19 September 2014 *on now
An exhibition about a local Territorial Army regiment's involvement in the Egypt and Palestine campaign during the First World War, featuring artefacts, documents and photographs.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a booklet looking at the lives of 100 selected men from the regiment.
Part of the Joining Up the Humber Museums World War I centenary programme.
- Family friendly
- Any age
Heritage Open Days 2014: Treasure House Open Day
- 13 September 2014
Come and see behind the scenes at the Archives at the Treasure House where we are taking part in Heritage Open Days. There will be exhibitions of archives and books, behind the scenes tours, conservation demonstrations, children's activities, games, and competitions. The themes for this year's event will be the First World War. Everyone is welcome to come along and explore the local history of the war.
Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.
Today's Citizens, Past Lives at Beverley
19th Century life in Beverley understood through historical documents. Topics covered include: trade and commerce, education, law and order, religion, social life and self improvement, and transport and communications.
- This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.