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Hull and East Riding Museum

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The museum is situated in an area of historic buildings and cobbled streets known as the Museums Quarter just a couple of minutes from the city centre. I’m not sure if the building has been renovated recently but unlike some dingy and dusty museums this one is light and airy with the exhibits housed in spacious galleries, the staff are friendly and courteous. The visitor travels through the galleries in a chronological order and there are drawing, maps and interpretation boards with the exhibits that not only explain what you’re looking at but also fit it into the context of the local area and time period concerned.
The exhibits themselves are the stars though. In the hour and a half I was there I only got as far as the Iron Age because I was so taken with what was on display. This was mainly because a lot of the flints and bronzes were of such high quality, they obviously have a large reserve of artefacts and have chosen to show some of the most striking examples. However, there appears to be a full range of finds from the local area, cases of flint axe heads, arrows, sickles, scrapers, bone pins, bronze swords and daggers, flat and socket axes – a tiny palstave almost had me drooling on the display case, as well as later iron horse fastenings, decorative daggers and a hoard of gold coins, the list goes on. One particular exhibit that has a recent as well as prehistoric history are the Roos Carr figures, late bronze age carved wooden human figures that have detachable genitalia, the prudish Victorian’s removed the offending ‘privates’ before the figures were displayed but happily these have now been returned to their wooden owners!
The museum also has a Yorvic style ‘Celtic World’ where the visitor walks through a reconstruction of an Iron Age settlement, I didn’t have time to look at this or the rest of the museum so I’m only presuming the rest of the exhibits and interpretations are to the same high standard as those that I saw
Well worth a visit if you’re in Hull for a few hours. And it’s free to get in

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Posted by Chris Collyer
23rd August 2003ce