Food for Thought

The archaeological story of the Yorkshire Wolds is one of the most outstanding in Britain for its quality and richness.

People have lived and farmed the area for thousands of years. They have left behind many prehistoric monuments, settlements, chariot burials, Roman villas, deserted medieval villages and Anglian cemeteries. The quality of these sites can compete with any in the country for richness and importance.

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Yet few people outside of the area know of their significance and fewer still visit them. The cultural heritage of the Wolds is so far untapped and has yet to contribute to the tourism and rural economic activity of the area as it could. The busy and successful farms producing food in the area today are home to many unseen archaeological sites buried beneath the soil.

York Archaeological Trust is working with Historic England and partners to learn where to focus activity and resources to develop the archaeological heritage of this unique landscape.

The Food For Thought project is a conversation about the past and future investigation of the outstanding archaeology of the Wolds. It is an opportunity for us all to learn more about archaeological discoveries made so far and to inspire the curiosity needed to find out more.


This is a chance for anyone to shape the resulting Historic England policies and plans that will help us all to protect and preserve the outstanding archaeological heritage of the Wolds.

Get involved and be part of the conversation.


Pop Up Museum: Call for Creative Participation

An exciting new project is calling for creative people to explore the fascinating heritage of the Wolds. In a landscape full of outstanding archaeological sites, from chariot burials to deserted medieval villages, there is plenty to spark curiosity. York Archaeological Trust and Historic England are looking for local people who would like to produce art, poetry, music, textiles, photography, theatre, dance or any other creative response you can think of to explore the wonderful historic landscape that surrounds us and the objects we find there.

We hope many local people and groups will want to take part to contribute personal perspectives and creative responses that will contribute to a pop-up museum of Yorkshire Wolds heritage at an event that will take place in the Wolds on 30th-31st May 2020.

If you’d like to find out more about the project and the Yorkshire Wolds pop-up museum, please come along to an initial meeting in July where we will be discussing plans for the pop-up museum and brainstorming some ideas. Three meetings will be held in different towns, to meet people from all over the Wolds. To book a place at one of the initial meetings, click on one of the links below:

The Yorkshire Wolds Pop Up Museum – Pocklington
18:00 – 20:30, Tuesday, 9th July 2019
The Annand VC Cadet Centre, Pocklington School, Pocklington

The Yorkshire Wolds Pop Up Museum – Flamborough
18:00 – 20:30, Monday, 15th July 2019
Flamborough WI Hall, Flamborough

The Yorkshire Wolds Pop Up Museum – Driffield
18:00 – 20:30, Monday, 22nd July 2019
Cass Hall, Driffield

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