Rievaulx Abbey arches
Rievaulx Abbey
Rievaulx Abbey

Redefining Rievaulx

Founded in 1132, Rievaulx Abbey was one of the most powerful abbeys in England until it was dissolved by Henry VIII.

Your help is needed to bring the story of Rievaulx to life with an exciting project to transform the abbey's museum.

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Watch conservation in action

Take a look at the conservation happening behind the scenes ahead of Rievaulx's new museum opening at the end of May.

Donate today to support the final stages of this vital work.


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Aerial view of Rievaulx Abbey

A New Chapter

Nestled in the River Rye valley, the beautiful and tranquil Rievaulx Abbey reflects nearly one thousand years of history. This May, we're launching a fully renovated museum and an improved visitor centre.

Your help is needed to enable fragile, previously unseen objects to go on display for the first time and spark the imagination of visitors for years to come.

Stone carving from Rievaulx Abbey

Discover Rievaulx's Collection

Amongst Rievaulx's splendour is one of the finest monastic collections in the country. We are transforming the abbey's museum to display many precious artefacts for the first time, so visitors can experience the lost world of monastic life. In the museum you'll be able to take in previously unseen objects as well as stories of the abbey from founding to fall and beyond.

Steam-cleaning a stone artefact for display in Rievaulx Abbey’s new museum

Caring for Rievaulx's artefacts

Many historic objects in Rievaulx's collection need specialist preparation for display, as our conservator explains:

"Steam cleaning is being used to gently remove dust, dirt and biological growth from the surface of some stones which once formed part of the magnificent abbey buildings.  This obscuring level of dirt is gradually removed to reveal the warm coloured sandstone beneath."

- Caroline Rawson, Collections Conservator at English Heritage

The arches of Rievaulx Abbey

Please Support Today

You can be part of bringing the stories of Rievaulx to life and help more people make their own discoveries at this historic place. Your donation will help reveal Rievaulx’s story and spark the imagination of visitors for years to come.

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