Treasure House

Treasure House
East Riding Archives and Local Studies
The Treasure House
Champney Road
East Yorkshire
HU17 9BA




General information

01482 392790

Treasure House Custodian

01482 392780


01482 392791

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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Mon, Wed, Fri 9.30-17.00
Tues, Thurs 9.30-20.00
Sat 9.00-16.00

Closed: Sun

Admission charges

Please check before visiting.

Additional info

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.

Collection details

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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Eating In: A celebration of cooking and dining at home

  • 14 February — 11 April 2015 *on now

This touring exhibition from Leicestershire Museum Service explores the story of eating, cooking and dining and the way this has changed over time. It also explores the impact of celebrities and the media on eating habits.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


The Collectors

  • 18 April — 30 May 2015

Most museums have a collection of objects, often largely influenced by members of the public with a determination to preserve interesting or unusual items. This exhibition looks at the people who have helped to develop our collections.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Everything YOU want it to be: The WI Inspiring Women for 100 Years

  • 6 June — 1 August 2015

The Women's Institute, formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during WW1, is today the biggest voluntary women's organisation in the UK. This exhibition tells the WI's local story.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Three Men and Their Boats: Artists and Designers of the Humber Yawl Club

  • 8 August — 10 October 2015

The Humber Yawl Club was formed in 1883 by canoeists who felt the Humber Estuary required sturdier craft. Some of the Club's early members designed and built their own boats. This exhibition explores the creative output of 3 of the members.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

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.