In AD43 the Romans invaded Britain. Their huge influence over our society and economy gradually spread up to Craven and North Yorkshire. Camps, forts and villas have been found over the district, as well as Roman deposits in many local caves. One of the most important sites is Kirk Sink villa at Gargrave. This high status country house dates from 2nd century AD and the museum has a large amount of objects in the collection. These include roof and hypocaust (central heating) tiles, mosaic fragments and painted wall plaster.

Visitors can also see Roman displays including household objects like a mortarium (a bowl used for crush seeds and grain) and bronze tweezers, as well as high status items like jewellery and Samian ware pottery.

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Oil lamps Samian ware bowl Glass vase Bronze brooches and rings