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DATE: 17 February 2022

York Museums Trust is delighted to announce that the Yorkshire Museum will re-open on Friday 8th April with an exciting new exhibition; The Ryedale Hoard: A Roman Mystery.

The Ryedale Hoard contains some of Yorkshire’s most significant Roman objects including an 1,800 year old bust of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius . For the very first time, visitors will be able see this exciting new discovery and explore the mystery of who buried the Hoard and why.

The 13cm bust is part of a collection of bronze objects found by metal detectorists James Spark and Mark Didlick in a field near Ampleforth in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, in May 2020.

The purchase of the Ryedale Roman Hoard was made possible largely thanks to the generosity of American donor Richard Beleson, with additional funding through Art Fund and a number of individual donors. This enabled York Museums Trust to make the purchase from David Aaron, who originally acquired the hoard at auction.

Lucy Creighton, Curator of Archaeology at York Museums Trust, said: “The Ryedale hoard is a unique discovery containing some of Yorkshire’s most significant Roman objects. We are so excited to share this spectacular find with the public for the very first time in Yorkshire, where it was found. In our new exhibition visitors will be able to get up close to the hoard and explore its story alongside Roman treasures from the museum’s wider collection. We’re delighted to welcome you back to the Yorkshire Museum with something so special”.

The Yorkshire Museum closed in October 2021 to allow us time to make essential repairs to the building and to support financial recovery for York Museums Trust following the impact of the pandemic.

To celebrate this exceptional new exhibition and the much-anticipated re-opening, the Yorkshire Museum will be opening every day for visitors during the Easter Holidays from 11am to 5pm. From 25th April, during term time, the museum will open Tuesday to Sunday and 7 days a week during school holidays

Alongside The Ryedale Hoard: A Roman Mystery exhibition, visitors can also enjoy Yorkshire’s Jurassic World, Medieval York: Capital of the North and After the Ice: Yorkshire’s Prehistoric People and our permanent collections. All displays are included in entry to the Yorkshire Museum.