Founded in 1132, Rievaulx Abbey was one of the most powerful abbeys in England until it was dissolved by Henry VIII.
Thanks to the generous support of our members and visitors, we've been able to bring the story of Rievaulx to life with an exciting project to transform the abbey's museum.
Watch conservation in action
Take a look at conservation behind the scenes ahead of Rievaulx's new museum which opened at the end of May.
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 launched a fully renovated museum and an improved visitor centre.
Discover Rievaulx's Collection
Amongst Rievaulx's splendour is one of the finest monastic collections in the country. With the support of donations, we transformed 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.
Caring for Rievaulx's artefacts
Many historic objects in Rievaulx's collection needed specialist preparation for display. Our Collections Conservator, Caroline Rawson explains: "Steam cleaning is used to gently remove dust, dirt and biological growth from the surface of some stones which once formed part of the magnificent abbey buildings."
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