Helmsley Castle

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, artifacts 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:

  •  12th April 2018
  • 9th May 2018
  • 6th June 2018
  • 4th July 2018
  • 5th September 2018
  • 3rd October 2018

Call 0370 333 1183 to pre-book.


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