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