Museum Collections

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 to arrange access to collections in store.

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Viewing the Collections

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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 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.


If you would like to donate object/s or bring in any for an enquiry, please email 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.

Research Worcestershire

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Take a closer look at our collection on our research site. Our museum staff and volunteers select objects from our collections, from bronze-age swords to seal gut parkas, and research their histories. Read more

Events at the Collections Centre

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We care for many thousands of objects, from archaeology to social history. Only a small amount of these can be on display at any one time, the rest are held at the Collections Centre. Read more

Worcester News Object of the Week

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Worcester News is now featuring an object per week from the Worcester City & County collections. From topical connections to rarely seen works, watch out for our weekly article on Saturdays.

Information on Museum Collections