Each of our Museums has its own specialist collection, such as maritime treasures at Goole to significant artworks in Beverley. Visit each of the museums' pages to discover more. We also store and protect a number of items in our environmentally-controlled store room at the Treasure House, Beverley. You can view our entire collection online on East Riding Treasures.
- Read more about the criteria for Arts Council Accreditation
- Find out more about the Collections Trust
- Download the latest East Riding Museums Collections Development Policy
Some of our collections contain sensitive information to individuals. Read the full Privacy Notice for East Riding Museums Service on eastriding.gov.uk
All the objects in the East Riding museum collections can be searched on East Riding Treasures Online. You can search by keyword, type of object or by collection. These include the South Cave Weapons Cache, the Amy Johnson collection, the maritime paintings of Reuben Chappell and the paintings of Fred and Mary Elwell.
You can arrange to view specific objects from our collections as part of personal or professional research. To book a viewing appointment, first find the item online at East Riding Treasures and make a note of its ERYMS ID number, the collection it is in and the museum it is held at. Please note, BAG is Beverley Art Gallery, and those without brackets are part of the Sewerby Hall collection. With these details, contact the curator of the museum and arrange your appointment.
East Riding Museums collects archaeological material from across the whole of the East Riding, working in collaboration with Hull Museums Service. Finds that are donated or loaned are used as part of temporary exhibitions. Finds can be taken to the identification service to find out dates and what it was used for. East Riding Museums also provide workshops, lectures and school resources on archaeology.
East Riding Museums does not commission fieldwork. All enquiries for local archaeological work, site and monuments should be made to Humber Archaeology Partnership (HAP).
We hold a large and varied archaeological collection from professional and amateur excavations, covering East Riding sites from Prehistory up to the 19th century. The Museums Service also uses its Acquisition Fund to purchase significant archaeological treasures from the region.
The Museums Service collects to an agreed Collections Development Policy which has been formally adopted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and is reviewed every two years.Download Collections Policy
The deposition of material from excavations is governed by a set of guidelines designed to ensure only material of real value for future study or display is deposited. We welcome close liaison between archaeology units and the Museums Service at all stages prior to deposition of material.Download guidelines on archaeological archives.
Archaeological material forms an important part of the permanent 'Treasures of the East Riding' in the Treasure House Museum. The display is updated regularly to show different items in the collections. There is also in a purpose built environmentally controlled case for the internationally important South Cave Weapons Cache - a group of five Iron Age swords in their decorated scabbards, along with 33 spearheads. The cache was found by metal detectorists on agricultural land, and acquired with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Put on a display
Would you like to put on your own temporary display of art or social history? Individuals and groups can apply to the East Riding Museums Exhibitions Panel for a space at the Treasure House Museum or Art Gallery.
Exhibitions are usually booked 12 to 18 months in advance and must be relevant to the East Riding of Yorkshire. We highly recommend a visit to the Treasure House before submitting your exhibition proposal. Images must be high resolution, particularly for larger images used in the cafe area, and there are a number of cabinets that can hold objects. To apply for an exhibition space in the museum, download the form below and email it to the Treasure House curator.Download the Exhibition Request Form (social history)
Openings occasionally arise for artists or groups with a significant collection of works to put on an exhibition in the temporary exhibition gallery. We highly recommend a visit to the Treasure House before submitting your exhibition proposal to view the space in the gallery. To apply for an exhibition space in the art gallery, download the form below and email it to the Art Gallery (Exhibitions) curator. If possible, examples of the work to be shown should be included with the application.Download the Exhibition Request Form (art and artefacts)