Hull and East Riding Museum

Hull and East Riding Museum
Museums Quarter
High Street
Hull
East Yorkshire
HU1 1NQ
England

Website

www.hullcc.gov.uk/museums

Telephone

01482 613902

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Located in the attractive Museums Quarter, Hull and East Riding Museum has seen a series of major developments since the 1980s.

Highlights of the collections include the only dinosaur bones to have been found in East Yorkshire, mysterious Bronze Age warriors, and spectacular treasures from the Middle Ages.

Stroll through an Iron Age village and visit a Roman bath house. From majestic mammoths to Saxon invaders, visitors can look forward to an experience that is unique, educational and, above all, fun.

In 1988, an Iron Age logboat – the Hasholme boat – was installed in the gallery within its conservation chamber. This was followed by the creation of the popular Celtic World displays in 1991 and the installation of a Mezzanine floor, with funding from the Wolfsen Trust. During the later 1990s displays about the prehistoric period in East Yorkshire were created. The Roman galleries were refurbished in 2002 and, in 2003, Anglo-Saxon and medieval displays were installed.

It is clear that the continuing level of interest from the public and special interest groups is in direct response to improvements to displays and facilities at the Hull and East Riding Museum and the development of the Museums Quarter - which unites the Wilberforce House, Streetlife and Hull and East Riding Museums as a single leisure and heritage attraction around an attractive garden with floral displays and fountains.

Part of the Designated Collections of national importance relating to the city and region of Kingston upon Hull are on display here.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00
Sun 13.30-16.30

Admission charges

FREE

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Collection details

Natural Sciences, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

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

Tudors and Stuarts Gallery

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

The English Civil war began at Hull, when the governor of the town refused to allow King Charles I to enter it and seize its arsenal. The king’s supporters placed the town under siege and visitors can relive the events of the siege by taking the roles of Royalist or Parliamentarian in an interactive game. Visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy a ‘virtual tour’ of Hull’s Citadel, built in the 1680s to defend the port and ensure the loyalty of Hull’s citizens to the Crown.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.hullcc.gov.uk/portal/page?_pageid=221,669336&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Middle Ages Gallery

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

In the Hull and East Riding Museum’s new medieval galleries key topics such as religion, war, agriculture, crafts, industries, trade, travel and literacy are tackled in a series of thematic displays. Visitors can examine at close quarters an intricately carved Norman font from Hutton Cranswick as well as handling a range of medieval stone carvings.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.hullcc.gov.uk/portal/page?_pageid=221,669336&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Saxons and Vikings Gallery

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

By the fifth century AD German settlers were living in East Yorkshire. Finds from the region also reflect overseas trade, with imported objects ranging from silver coins minted in Frisia to a fine bronze Coptic bowl from Egypt.

After Viking raiders first attacked Britain in the late 8th century, they settled and lived peacefully for alongside their English neighbours. A fine Viking sword was found together with various wood-working tools when a 10th century bridge was excavated at Skerne, near Driffield, in 1982-83.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.hullcc.gov.uk/portal/page?_pageid=221,669336&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Roman Britain Galleries

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

The focal point of the museum’s Roman galleries is a recreation of the centre of the Roman settlement of Petuaria (Brough).

Innovative displays of pottery, glass, oil lamps and brooches are mounted in shop windows around the town square, and visitors can also inspect a tax-collector’s office and mosaic-maker’s workshop.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.hullcc.gov.uk/portal/page?_pageid=221,669336&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Iron Age Galleries

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

The North Grimston Sword is a particularly fine example of the Celtic metal-worker’s art. Visitors can also wander through a full-size reconstruction of part of an Iron Age settlement, complete with thatched roundhouse and two-horse chariot. The Hasholme Boat which dates back some 2,300 years it a giant oak logboat sank whilst loaded with a cargo of wood and beef.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.hullcc.gov.uk/portal/page?_pageid=221,669336&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Bronze Age Gallery

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

Bronze Age (2,000- 600 BC) treasures include a spectacular display of exquisitely-crafted pottery beakers and food vessels as well as the magnificent swords, axes and daggers which were the luxury goods of those ancient times.

The mysterious Roos Carr figures – doll-like wooden sculptures from about 600 BC are believed to represent warriors or gods.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.hullcc.gov.uk/portal/page?_pageid=221,669336&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Prehistoric Galleries

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

Galleries featuring objects from the Palaeolithic (250,000- 8,300 BC), Mesolithic (8,300- 4,000 BC) and Neolithic (4,000- 2,000 BC) time periods.

Many of the finds displayed in the Prehistoric Galleries were originally collected by J.R. Mortimer, one of the most important amateur archaeologists of the 19th century.

These include stone tools of the earliest human settlers.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.hullcc.gov.uk/portal/page?_pageid=221,669336&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

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.

Out on the tiles - Victorian Style

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=413

Influences on ceramic tile design in the Arts and Crafts Movement - beautiful images

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Drawing on History

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=415

Using Bronze and Iron Age decorative style and motifs as a drawing resource

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Museums in a Box - Create Your Own Mini Museum

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=536

Find out more about The Museums in a Box project that aims to support the delivery of a thematic and skills based curriculum, by facilitating pupils to create their own mini-museum in their school.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.
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