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Southburn Archaeological Museum
Ranked #4 of 8 things to do in Watton
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 17 November 2017

With a group of friends, I attended a private visit (which are becoming very popular) and enjoyed being given a conducted tour by two of their volunteers. Interested to learn that, for several months next year, some exhibits are being lent to York's Jorvik and DIG venues.

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

This marvellous little Museum has completed its relocation from nearby Southburn Village..

The number of exhibits has been enlarged and now includes the British Museum's Wetwang Chariot, joining the replica Kirkburn Warrior Grave and Sword. The activities area allows you to try your hand at loom weaving; chain mail making; clay pot making; corn grinding using a replica Beehive Quern Stone; and playing historical games such as "Hnefetafl". School visits are actively welcomed. There is good car / coach parking.

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Reviewed 29 May 2016

Saturday 28th. May 2016 was the last Open Day of the Archaeological Museum at Southern, near Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire. The entire Museum is moving to bigger premises in the village of Nafferton, just outside Driffield, and intends to re-open in the Spring 2017. All the current exhibits will be incorporated with new items; the very popular "hands-on" workshop will also be included, and school parties will be encouraged to visit.

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Reviewed 15 September 2015

I visited the Museum again for their Heritage Day display and saw, for the first time, the replica sword which accompanies the Warrior Grave. Really amazing craftmanship from the Iron Age era - some 2000 years ago!! The adjoining workroom, with so many activities including making 4-ring chainmail tabards, was being enjoyed by young and old alike. Also, the "Jorvik Dig On Tour" team were there giving the youngsters the opportunity to carry out a simulated dig in a sandpit, to discover a skeleton! I understand that the Museum is to be an outreach centre for York's Jorvik Museum, which is quite an accolade.

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Reviewed 29 March 2015

Revisited this fascinating museum on the opening day of the 2015 season, the centre piece being the reconstruction of the Iron Age Warrior Grave found in the neighbouring village of Kirkburn. There is a loop video with it which also shows the Kirkburn Sword whose design has been described by the British Museum as the finest in Europe. All the showcases display "finds" from Pre-History right up the Modern Times, and are accompanied by easy-to-follow fact sheets. The "hands-on" workshop next door included the opportunity to create chain mail tunics.

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