Northern Archaeology Store, Helmsley
Visit to the English Heritage Archaeology Store
Wednesday 7th July 2010, 2pm
Kevin Booth and Susan Harrison
We were greeted at the Archaeology Store by Kevin Booth the Senior, English Heritage Curator for Northern England and Susan Harrison, the Curator of the Store.
We were then taken into the warehouse which, we were told, was capable of holding more than 43 tonnes of archaeological objects held on moveable racks. Kevin and Susan gave us a guided tour of the building and explained its importance in housing thousands of the North's precious artefacts most of which had previously laid on sites around the region at the mercy of the elements. The largest part of the collection was stone but there were also many pieces of glass, ceramics, woodwork and metal all of which were kept in conditions that were designed to be optimal for the particular material. The age of the objects covered a timescale ranging from pre-
Susan showed us an item of particular interest, a metre-
Finally we were able to handle some of the pieces of pottery and ceramics, the most fascinating of which was an ornate medieval wine goblet.
One of the main aisles in the stone store
Susan, telling the story of the bust of Jupiter
Some of the artefacts on display