Thousands of years of dug-up history on display at centre

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A REMARKABLE array of artefacts spanning thousands of years of history that were dug up on an East Riding farm have gone on display in Beverley.

The exhibition at the town’s Treasure House features finds collected by Southburn Archaeological Museum, near Driffield, and includes pieces ranging from Stone Age axes to medals from the Second World War.

The artefacts, which were mostly found on land owned by JSR Farms, was started by the company’s former tractor driver Brian Hebblewhite in the 1960s, and the collection was continued by his family and amateur archaeologists following his death.

They are largely displayed on two pig farrowing units donated to Mr Hebblewhite by the farm.

Also featured is a replica of the Wetwang Chariot, based on excavations in 2001 of an Iron Age grave of a woman who died more than 2,300 years ago.

Margaret Coultard, committee member at the Southburn museum, said: “When Brian died his wife Val went to our local history group and said you should see what we’ve got on the farm and I realised how important it was.”

The display, which runs until March 6, is the first of a series at the Treasure House featuring collections held by independent museums.