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The archaeology collection includes objects acquired throughout the history of the Society, but only began in earnest with the discovery in 1867 - 1876, during building operations in Black Horse Yard (east side of Church Street), of the refuse heap of the Anglian abbey of St Hilda. Subsequently, several local collectors left us their collections of prehistoric flint and bronze tools. Large collections were received from R.T.Gray, E.K. Simms and A.Smith.

The displays are arranged chronologically, from the Mesolithic to the Middle Ages, and include the following :

Flint Arrowhead Bronze Age Weapons
Flint Arrowhead Bronze Age Weapons
Roman Lamps Roman Glass
Roman Lamps Roman Glass


Roman Inscription from Ravenscar


Anglo-Saxon bronze brooch

Building works are being undertaken which may affect all non-display areas but particularly the archives, library and the parts of the geology and archaeology collections which are in storage. These works are expected to last into the early months of 2013.

Access to the geology and archaeology items in store will not be possible from July 2012 onwards until the completion of the building works.