Past Heritage Open Days

2020: Hidden Nature

In 2020, the Treasure House celebrated Heritage Open Days with a unique series of videos around the theme of Hidden Nature. The videos give an intriguing insight into the collections looked after by both East Riding Museums and East Riding Archives as well as the work of some of the members of staff at the Treasure House, along with fascinating virtual tours of parts of the building not normally accessible to visitors.

Behind the Scenes Store Tour

Ever wondered where we store all the objects in our Treasure House Museum collection? Join David, Museum Registrar, on a quick tour of our museum stores.

Behind the Scenes in the Archives Repositories

Where do we store our collections at the East Riding Archives? What do we hold? Discover more as Archivist Hannah takes you on a behind the scenes tour of our repositories at the Treasure House in Beverley.

Researching for an Exhibition at the Treasure House

Want an insight into preparing an exhibition inspired by the Treasure House collections? Listen to Sally, Museum Curator, talk about a piece of exhibition research she's been working on about naturalist, Francis Orpen Morris.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation

Join Kat, our Conservator, as she explains her techniques and tips for preserving over 800 years of East Riding history.

Collections focus: The Climmers at Bempton

What was a Climmer? Archivist Hannah presents a postcard from our collections showing the Bempton Climmers at work.

Collections focus: Preservation of Seabirds

How did the seabirds on the East Yorkshire coast and beyond become protected? Archive Assistant Geraldine narrates on the history and the East Riding characters involved in the activism.

A Beverley Art Gallery Hidden Gem:

Want to find out about an exciting exhibition about Japan coming up in the future? Join Helena, Gallery Curator to find out about a small but intriguing picture in the collection by Alfred East, called 'A Street in Japan'.

Beverley Art Gallery: Stairway and Entrance Hall

Want to discover some hidden nature nestling in the internal architectural details of Beverley Art Gallery? Take a look at this virtual tour of part of the original library and art gallery building with Sarah, Education Officer for the Treasure House.

The Hidden Nature of Paper

Did you know that we use Japanese tissue to repair some of our paper documents? Find out more about the hidden nature of paper with our East Riding Archives Conservator, Kat.

Tiny Treasures Heritage Open Day Special

Especially for children aged under 5 and their grown-up. Have you got a collection of things you treasure? Find out how we look after our treasures at the Treasure House, with Lucy, Under 5s Learning Co-ordinator for East Riding Museums. Have a go at keeping your special things nice and safe with Lucy's help.

Museum Handling Boxes

Want to know how school pupils can handle museum objects in the classroom to make their learning experiences even more fun? Find out about Museum handling boxes with Sarah, Education Officer for the Treasure House.

Collections focus: Rev Badham's Fungi

Archive Assistant Joanna narrates on one of her favourite mycological (that's fungi!) documents from our collections, featuring some beautiful mushroom illustrations drawn by Anna Maria Hussey.

Behind the Scenes: Document Retrieval

We have over 400,000 records catalogued in our collections, what happens when you request to see one? How do we find documents in the repositories? Find out more with our Archivist Hannah in this behind the scenes Document Retrieval video.

The Hidden Nature of Iron Gall Ink:

What connects ink and insects? Find out the hidden (or perhaps creepy?) nature behind iron gall ink with East Riding Archives Conservator, Kat.

Hidden Nature Family Trail

In 2020, we provided a light-hearted, no-touch, socially-distanced Hidden Nature Family Trail to do for the Heritage Open Days. You can still download the trail here.

Download Trail