East Riding Treasure House, Beverley

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Library
The Treasure House is a cultural centre operated by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council in the town of Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The centre acts as the main hub for heritage and information services, and contains the East Riding Archives and Local Studies, the Beverley Library, a Museum and the Beverley Art Gallery. The building also contains a coffee lounge and gift shop. The top floor, known as 'The Tower', serves as an elevated sightseeing platform, showcasing 360 degree views of the Beverley Minster and the town of Beverley.HistoryThe original library on Champney Road in Beverley had been built and completed in 1906. Initial plans were drawn up in 1997 for an extension to the building, beginning with consultations and preparatory work being carried out by the Beverley Town Council, Beverley Civic Society and national organisations such as English Heritage and the Royal Fine Arts Commission.Work on The Treasure House started in October 2004, with local construction contractors Houlton engaging with archaeologists and the then Chairman of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Councillor Margaret Chapman. A time capsule was buried to mark the start of building work, with its contents reflecting life in the East Riding at that time. It was planned that the capsule would be resurrected in fifty years from its planting, intending to be brought out in 2054. Some of the items entered into it included contributions from local schools such as Longcroft School, with students producing coursework describing how they envisage the world to be in fifty years time.
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  • This place is mainly a local history museum of Beverley. Explains how the geology of the town is. Hordes of old coins. Displays of bygone lives. The role of religion in the town. And plenty else of...  more »
  • Art, history, archives, events and a smart cafĂ© - all under one roof. What's not to like about this small but perfectly formed building close to the centre of town? The museum space traces the...  more »
  • Nice place to drop in and have a wander around the exhibits or catch up with friends.
  • Superb facility with good coffee shop
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