Lifting the Lid on 2000 Years of York’s History at Special Archaeology Day

Rachel with circa 13thC jug

Issued 04/06/2015

Amateur history buffs are in for a treat as York Archaeological Trust (YAT), the owners of the famous JORVIK Viking Centre, are inviting the public to discover their vast collection of archaeological finds, when they throw open the doors of their new collections facility this month.

The event, taking place at 421 Huntington Road, on the outskirts of York city centre, on Tuesday 16th June promises to be a unique opportunity to get up close to some very special objects, some of which have never been on public display.

“The Trust are fortunate to have a wide and diverse collection of finds from over 40 years of archaeological excavations, including over 2000 years of pottery, Viking ship timbers, a medieval bear and even a Victorian toilet! All of which will be on display on our open day.”

Comments Sarah Maltby, Director of Attractions for YAT.

Visitors to the YAT Resource Centre, which currently holds over 15,000 boxes, will also have the opportunity to explore the various procedures involved in processing and conserving this precious material for display in the future.

“One of the most important aspect of our new Resource Centre is the chance to showcase the work goes into cataloguing and preserving these finds so that future generations can learn and enjoy them. Our Archaeologists will be on hand throughout the day to talk to visitors about this work and the fascinating stories these objects tell us.”

Continued Sarah.

Tours, which last 1 hour 30mins, will take place at 10:30am and 2:30pm, cost £4 per person Pre-booking is essential as there are limited numbers permitted on the tour. Not recommended for under 12s.

For more information visit or call 01904 615505.


Notes to Editors

York Archaeological Trust Resource Centre is located at  421 Huntington Road, York, YO1 9HT

York Archaeological Trust

York Archaeological Trust (YAT) is an independent charity which investigates the past for the benefit of present communities and future generations. With over 40 years of expansion and experience in linking professional skills and expertise in the practise of archaeology across the U.K., it carries out carefully targeted and cost effective archaeological recording, excavation and research for a broad range of clients and partners.

Since its inception YAT has grown to be one of the UK’s biggest archaeological organisations, taking part in over 350 excavations and 1400 watching briefs, growing from its head office in York, to extend to three further offices in Glasgow, Sheffield and Nottingham.

YAT has an ongoing commitment to community involvement, education and training in archaeology, and the presentation of archaeological discoveries to the public through a number of innovative and dynamic ways including visitor attractions, lectures, publications and events.

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