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The Gefrin Trust

Discovered in 1949, but now pasture, the historical site of Gefrin (Yeavering), was excavated by archaeologist Brian Hope-Taylor between 1953-1962 revealing a huge complex of large timber halls, a unique wooden grandstand and support buildings that make the palace one the most important archaeological sites of the 20th Century.

This was the home of Æthelfrith, Edwin, and Æthelburg, the saintly Oswald, and his younger brother Oswy.  For a century this ‘field’ became the stage for some of the most momentous events in early northern English history, including the first conversions to Christianity.

In 2002 the fields under which Gefrin lay, one of the most significant sites in early Northumbrian history, passed into the care of The Gefrin Trust. The Trust’s aim is to preserve, investigate, and recount the history and impact of this important site in the north Cheviot hills, from prehistory right up to the latest investigations and finds. The Trust supports ongoing education and archaeological research, as well as owning the collections of objects and finds from Yeavering, wider Glendale, and contextual material from Anglo-Saxon Northumbria.

Ad Gefrin are delighted to have an ongoing partnership with the Gefrin Trust. The core of the collections on display in the Museum are managed by Ad Gefrin on behalf of the Gefrin Trust. Enquiries about access to the collections for academic or public research can be made here. Further information about the work of The Gefrin Trust can also be found here. The Museum is in the process of applying for accreditation status with Arts Council England, and museum policies will be posted on this website in due course.

The Gefrin Trust is a small charity (Reg. No. 1160711), whose works are wholly dependent upon grant aid and support in kind. The work of the Gefrin Trust and new archaeological research can be supported through donation to the Trust.