Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:18/03/2020

Please note that due to the Coronavirus pandemic Dorman Museum and Dressers Tea Room will be closed for the foreseeable future.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but the health of our residents and staff, especially the vulnerable is of paramount importance and we must do everything we can to slow the spread of Coronavirus.


Archaeology Collections

There are over 3,000 artefacts within the collection. Dr. Frank Elgee, the eminent archaeologist and curator of the Dorman Museum, carried out a number of important excavations in the 1920s and 1930s. His research into early settlements on the North York Moors was nationally respected. Many of his finds including those from a Bronze Age hill-fort at Eston Nab and a burial mound at Loose Howe are held by the museum.

Other notable collections include:

  • Artefacts excavated from an Anglian cemetery at Hob Hill in Saltburn;
  • Egyptian and Romano-Egyptian items purchased from the British School of Archaeology, from a selection made by Flinders Petrie;
  • A small Gertrude Bell collection of medieval vases, ancient glass, Romano-Egyptian lamps, Arabian tiles and coins given by her niece, Lady Richmond;
  • Medieval fragments from Kilton Castle and Kildale Manor.
  • Material from local archaeological digs is still being added to the collections.
  • Other material includes a library of archaeological journals and photographs taken by Frank Elgee during his excavations.

Ancient Glass