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About us

The East Riding Museums Service consists of a team of museum professionals and supporting staff within East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The team also draws on the skills of community partners, volunteers and creative specialists with the aim of helping people to enjoy and engage with the heritage of the East Riding.

The Museums Service is custodian of several iconic and historically important East Riding buildings including Skidby Mill, Sewerby Hall and the Beverley Guildhall.

We also offer advice and support to a number of the independent museums of the East Riding who are important providers of local heritage services.

Mission Statement

Our aim is to safeguard and present our local cultural heritage and to engage people with the visual arts, in order to enrich the lives of current and future generations and encourage a sense of personal and community identity.

We do this by interpreting the collections, researching the wider heritage of the East Riding and facilitating access to a broad cultural experience through exhibitions events and learning programmes.

We seek to contribute to the heritage provision of the wider region by complementing the museum services of neighbouring local authorities with which we often share audiences and collection specialisms.

We provide our service for the residents of and visitors to the East Riding of Yorkshire and for the global community through the use of digital technology.

We operate within a budget approved by the council, supplemented by external funding and donations, in line with the Museums Association’s Code of Ethics.  

Quality standards

The East Riding Museums Service is accredited by the Arts Council England for the standards of our collection care, visitor services, and financial planning. Our collections are also documented to standards required by SPECTRUM, the UK Museum Collections Management Standard.

For more information on the quality standards, go to the collections standards page.