For our next Field Studies session we are going on a road trip to Southburn Archaeological Museum. ERAS members are invited to come along on Wednesday 7 June at 7.30 pm and enjoy the exhibits on display in the JSR farm buildings on Green Lane, Nafferton near Driffield.

The museum was officially opened in farm buildings in Southburn village in 2008 to house the archaeological finds painstakingly collected by Brian Hebblewhite over many years during his time as a tractor driver on the farm. The collection also contains metal detecting finds recovered from the farm in later years. The finds span the early prehistoric to 20th Century military occupation - with everything in between. The artefacts on display really do reflect the history of one landscape over time - and it is absolutely fascinating!

The museum was later relocated to its new site in Nafferton and continues to develop as a cultural and educational space. Currently on long term display is a replica of the Wetwang Chariot, on loan from the British Museum, and also more recently  a replica of the Kirkburn Warrior Iron Age grave and it's contents. The museum is completely volunteer led and hosts themed publicised events throughout the year. Visit is by appointment only most of the time though - so don't miss this opportunity to visit this gem on the Wolds. Entry to the museum is free - but we would respectfully request that you consider leaving a donation.

Visit to find for details on how to get there and maybe also look at the website for additional information. There is ample parking on site.

Please register your interest with Matt Walker our Field Studies Officer at [email protected] so that we have a good idea about numbers planning to attend. Any questions relating to the visit please contact either Matt or Angela Fawcett at [email protected].

This visit replaces our usual Field Studies evening normally held at St Nicholas Parish Centre in Beverley.



Due to the visit to the current Skipsea Castle excavations our normal Field Studies meeting will not take place. We hope you can attend the visit to Skipsea - but if not we will see you on Wednesday 7 June at 7.30 pm.


Exciting news! We have been invited to visit The University of York's current excavations at Skipsea Castle. The visit will take place on Wednesday 3 May at 3 pm meeting at Skipsea Village Hall car park. You must book a place to ensure a place. Full details are on the events page.  

Due to the visit to the current Skipsea Castle excavations our normal Field Studies meeting will not take place. We hope you can attend the visit to Skipsea - but if not we will see you on Wednesday 7 June at 7.30 pm.


Please note that we have had to cancel the Field Studies event scheduled for Wednesday 5 October due to staffing issues. Please accept our apologies for any disappointment this may cause our members.


Many of you may already be following the latest excavations at the South Blockhouse in Hull. The South Blockhouse was built on the orders of Henry VIII and was the southernmost fortress in a range of military buildings protecting Hull from foreign invasion. It has a fascinating history including housing of Catholic prisoners in the 16th and 17th centuries - and used again as a prison into the 19th century. It was finally demolished in 1864 to make way for the building of the docks. Humber Field Archaeology (HFA), with funding from Highways England, excavated the site in 2019 and managed to establish the depth of the foundations whilst also recovering a second Tudor cannon. Community volunteers were welcomed and enjoyed the opportunity to get hands on with the excavation of such an important site in the history of Kingston upon Hull.
HFA have been commissioned again by Highways England and are excavating for a number of weeks. The exciting news for ERAS members is that we have been invited to take part!! The excavation is free to members and will take place over 2 weeks - Wednesday 31 August to Sunday 4 September and Wednesday 7th to 11 September. We have been offered 6 places per week. This is an amazing opportunity to explore more about Hull's military and maritime heritage whilst learning or brushing up on key archaeological skills.
You must be an ERAS member to take part. If you are interested please email [email protected] to register - and don't hang around these places will fill really quickly and rightly so - it is an incredible opportunity.
ERAS will be posting regular updates about progress as the excavation proceeds but members may wish to follow Humber Field Archaeology's facebook page for hot off the press news. There will also be visitor opportunities - we will of course keep you informed accordingly.