Heritage Open Days




In 2021, the Treasure House was open for visitors to discover the deliciousness of the collections and artworks to illustrate the theme of Edible England.

Treasure House Tours

On Saturday 11 September 2021, East Riding Archives held face to face tours around the Conservation Workshop. Beverley Art Gallery and the Treasure House Museum gave visitors a taste of the fascinating foody stories served up in our collections, presenting the edible in the East Riding's heritage!

Turkish Delight (East Riding Archives DDX1882/1)

The East Riding Archives are home to lots of culinary delights through the centuries. During the visit to the Conservation Workshop, guests found out about the tools, techniques, and materials we use to care for the Archive's historic documents, discovered our original recipe documents and learned more about the collections.


Image: Turkish Delight (East Riding Archives DDX1882/1)

In Beverley Art Gallery, guests enjoyed a selection of artworks on display from the collection, which highlighted the theme of Edible England and provided some hearty meals in the story of the East Riding.


Image: Elevenses by Frederick Elwell (ERYMS (BAG) : 1997.14)

Turkish Delight (East Riding Archives DDX1882/1)
Land Girl Voase (East Riding Museums M10799)

During the Second World War the Women's Land Army helped keep the nation fed. Known as Land Girls, these women were often young and working in agriculture for the first time. In this part of the Treasure House tour, visitors took a close look at some of the WLA objects in East Riding Museums and discovered more about the lives of our local Land Girls.


Image: Land Girl Voase (East Riding Museums M10799)

Tastes from the Past Display

In the East Riding Archives, a window display showcased tastes from the past with historical recipes from the 1500s up to the Victorian period.

If you took copies of the transcripts so you could have a go yourself at home, we would love to see your creations, so please take a photo and tag @ERArchives on Twitter or Facebook.

If you missed the display for Heritage Open Days, visit the Archives blog for something to intrigue your taste buds!

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Sugar Cake Recipe from the archives collection DDJA/72

Image: East Yorkshire Sugar Cake, 1500s (East Riding Archives DDJA/72)

Sugar Cake Recipe from the archives collection DDJA/72

Children's Trail10 September - 18 September

Families had plenty of fun during the Heritage Open Day too! In the Treasure House Museum and Beverley Art Gallery, children could hunt for culinary clues and discover ingredients that complete the fascinating historical recipes showcased by East Riding Archives.

There was a daintily delicious trail for very young visitors and a temptingly scrumptious challenge for older children. Stir in some support from accompanying adults and it was a mixture for Heritage Open Days fun!

Trail sheets were available for the whole week. Watch out for the next Heritage Open Day children's activity.

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