About the Collections

Museums Worcestershire cares for the museum collections of the city of Worcester and the county of Worcestershire, for the benefit of residents and visitors today and for future generations tomorrow.

Worcestershire County’s collection reflects the cultural history of a quintessentially rural English county. It includes a nationally important collection of colourful gypsy caravans, beautiful costume & domestic history, archaeology, travel & transport and examples from significant industries including the Bromsgrove Guild.

The earliest parts of Worcester City’s collection are the Victorian natural history collections. The fine art collection complements these by deepening our interpretation of the landscape, both traditionally and through contemporary eyes. Worcester’s social history and archaeology collections demonstrate the human occupation, development and use of a typically English county town. It includes significant multi-layered excavation sites and objects from Worcester’s main industries of glove, porcelain and sauce- and vinegar-making.

Only a small percentage of the collections are on display at any one time and researchers should contact museumcollections@worcestershire.gov.uk to arrange access to collections in store.

Viewing the Collections

We display as many paintings from the collection as possible within our permanent display areas, including approximately a sixth of the oil painting collection. There are also regular exhibitions focusing on significant works from the collection, with recent exhibitions featuring the works of David Cox, Benjamin Williams Leader and Stanhope Forbes.

However, only a small percentage of the collections are on display at any one time and researchers should contact museumcollections@worcestershire.gov.uk to arrange access to collections in store.

There are also regular behind-the-scenes tours where visitors can see works in the collection stores. Please see our events calendar for more information.

Donations

If you would like to donate object/s or bring in any for an enquiry, please email museumcollections@worcestershire.gov.uk with an image of the object, a description of what it is and any background history. The Collections Team will get back to you with what to do next. Or alternately ring and ask for the Collections Ambassador at Worcester Art Gallery and Museum on 01905 25371.

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