The Yorkshire Museum, York Covers 2,000 Years of History
The history of York can now be seen in 21 century surroundings at the Yorkshire Museum. Over £2 million has been spent of refurbishing the museum, which reopens its doors to the public on August 1, which, aptly, is Yorkshire Day.
The museum displays are centred on the city’s Roman heritage. On entering the main hall, visitors are met by a Romano British sculpture of Mars, the Roman god of war and a giant map of the Roman Empire.
The Romans Built the City of York-The Yorkshire Museum
The museum is divided into three major exhibitions. The Roman York display recreates life in the city almost 2000 years ago. Historic artefacts and modern research have combined to show how the city of Eboracum developed as the Romans expanded their empire, towards the end of the first century AD.
The affluence of the Roman elite is emphasised by the “Ivory Bangle Lady”. Buried in a 4th century tomb, her remains were discovered buried with opulent trappings of wealth. Jewellery, made of elephant ivory, a mirror and a blue glass perfume jar were found buried with the body. Tests have shown that the body was a black North African woman, suggesting that the racial mix in the Roman Empire was more diverse than many historians realised.
The Vikings Named the City Jorvik-The Yorkshire Museum
Medieval times saw the Viking invasion of York in 866AD, but the city continued to prosper. The city, renamed Jorvik, soon became the second city in the kingdom; exerting immense economic and ecclesiastical influence. The exhibition shows the colour, music, romance and spirituality of the medieval period and features some of the museum’s greatest treasures; including the Middleham Jewel, the York Helmet and the Vale of York Viking Hoard, which were on display at the British Museum while the Yorkshire Museum was being refurbished.
The final exhibition looks at species that have become extinct. This tour of natural history includes dinosaurs, sea monsters and towering two metre birds.
See the History of York from Romans to Railways
The 300-seat Tempest Anderson Hall will continuously show a ten-minute film as a brief introduction to the History of York. The film will start at the Roman times and quickly cover how the city developed into a major chocolate manufacturing and railway centre. The Learning Level enables visitors to delve deeper into the past with hands-on activities, displays and workshops.
The new museum has received widespread acclaim from historians. According to Dan Snow of the BBC York Museum is “An amazing museum full of real treasures. If you want to find out about York’s stunning history- look no further.”
The museum, in York city centre , is only a short walk from the railway station and York Minister and in easy reach of York’s other attractions.