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.
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
Remembering The Somme
- 25 June — 10 September 2016 *on now
Saturday 25th June to Saturday 10th September
2016 marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War and which resulted in over one million casualties. Our exhibition, Remembering The Somme, brings together new research into the conflict, including work undertaken by East Riding Archives & Local Studies volunteers.
The exhibition contains a wealth of personal accounts, both from those caught up in the conflict and those at home. We examine the role that the media played in shaping public perception of events, and how our understanding of the Somme continues to change.
- Any age
Battle of the Somme Family Day
- 30 July 2016 10am-3pm
Drop in to the Treasure House and take part in interactive demonstrations with historian Andy Robertshaw. There will be objects to handle, uniforms to try on and craft activities to enjoy.
- Any age
From Sewerby to the Somme: A Servant’s Tale
- 6 September 2016 From 6:30pm
Robert Chester from Sewerby Hall and Gardens will highlight the life of the Hall’s butler John Howson Graham who fought on the Somme. John’s war record will be explored within the wider context of military strategies and artillery on the Western Front.
- Any age
Book at www.eastriding.gov.uk/events or call
(01482) 392699 (Monday – Friday, 9am to 4pm)
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.
East Riding Archives and Local Studies
The Treasure House
Treasure House Custodian