Activities at Home

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Visit a Museum at Home

Over the coming weeks, Museums Worcestershire will be bringing our collections to you, through an exciting programme of activities, videos and interactive fun. #MuseumFromHome means that even during these strange times, we can bring culture to everyone online. We’ll be updating this page with curator videos, digital exhibitions, and gallery tours as they’re released… so watch this space!

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.

Collections Events

Like the idea of rummaging through our collections with one of our knowledgable collections team, having a special tour from a curator, or bringing the family for a craft session inspired by our latest exhibition? Explore our What’s On page or read our Collections events leaflet.

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.