Helmsley Archaeology Store

Helmsley Archaeology Store holds the extensive archaeological collections and paper based archives from English Heritage guardianship sites from the North of England including the counties of Northumberland, County Durham, Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, Cheshire. The range of collections spans English history from Prehistory to the modern day, from flint, architectural stonework to ceramics and small artefacts.

Interior view of the Helmsley Archaeology Store, aritifacts and boxes are stacked on modern warehouse shelving.

Walk through history on a curator-led tour of Helmsley Archaeology Store

Free Guided Tours Led by Curators

Curators share insights into the many treasures held at Helmsley Archaeology Store at free monthly tours.

  • View the archaeology collection from English Heritage properties
  • Find out amazing stories behind the collection
  • Chances to handle original objects.
Carved grotesque stone head from Rievaulx Abbey

Stone head sculpture from Rievaulx Abbey

Book Your Place on a Tour

Tours run from 11am and 1pm on the following dates:


  • Wednesday 12 October 2016
  • Monday 3 April 2017
  • Wednesday 10 May 2017
  • Monday 12 June 2017
  • Wednesday 12 July 2017
  • Monday 11 September 2017
  • Wednesday 4 October 2017

Pre-book: Contact Helmsley Castle
01439 770442

The collections may also be accessed by researchers by appointment, please contact the Curator on 01439 770008.

Carved jet chess piece with circular markings and distinctive shape from Rievaulx Abbey

Jet chessman from Rievaulx Abbey

'step into englands story