Rievaulx Abbey Collection highlights

The Rievaulx Abbey collection was largely amassed through site clearances that aimed to prepare the ruins for presentation to the public from 1919. The objects offer a unique insight into the workings of the medieval abbey and a snapshot of its development until the abbey’s suppression.

Some objects are nationally and internationally important because they are unique survivals.

The majority of the collections consists of architectural stonework, which tells us about the scale and development of the site. Within the architectural collection there is a significant group of pieces decorated with human or animal heads and sculptures. There are also significant numbers of small finds representing communal and personal possessions. These range from coins and book fittings to keys, fixtures and fittings, as well as large quantities of medieval floor tiles, window glass and ceramics.

Explore a selection of highlight objects below.