Video: Lifting the lid on 2,000 years of York’s history

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It currently holds over 15,000 boxes and now members of the public are being invited to take a closer look at a vast collection of archaeological finds.

York Archaeological Trust, the owners of the famous Jorvik Viking Centre, will throw open the doors of their new collections facility this month.

Rachel Cubitt, Collections Officer at the York Archaeological Trust,  with a medieval  Bransby jug

Rachel Cubitt, Collections Officer at the York Archaeological Trust, with a medieval Bransby jug

The event, taking place at 421 Huntington Road, on the outskirts of York city centre, on Tuesday June 16 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 2,000 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,” said Sarah Maltby, director of attractions for the Trust.

Visitors to the resource centre, which 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.

Tours cost £4 and must be booked. Call 01904 615505.