All Museums and collections in ‘Museums and collections’

  • Harris Museum

    Archaeological material was acquired from the earliest days of the museum. The current collection consists of about 2,050 items. The museum holds material of local and national significance which is displayed within the history gallery, Discover Preston. The museum […] holds Greek and Egyptian artefacts including the Finch collection of Greek and Hellenistic pottery, and Egyptian antiquities mostly acquired through the museum’s contribution to the Egyptian Research Account. [from the Harris Museum website]

  • Arbroath Signal Tower Museum

    Signal Tower Museum is located near Arbroath’s picturesque and busy harbour, in a complex of buildings originally used as the shore station and family accommodation for the Bell Rock Lighthouse. Built in 1813, Signal Tower served the lighthouse until 1955. Both the lighthouse and the Signal Tower were built, for the Northern Lighthouse Board, by Robert Stevenson, founder of the famous Stevenson dynasty of lighthouse builders. The Bell Rock Lighthouse still stands, 11 miles off-shore from Arbroath, on a dangerous semi-sunken reef. More than 200 years after its construction, the Bell Rock is Britain’s oldest surviving rock lighthouse. Within the Signal Tower Museum, models, multi-media displays and historic objects explain the history of the lighthouse and allow visitors to explore the dangers of the sea. Stories of Arbroath’s fishing and maritime industries are interwoven with tales of Arbroath Smokies and the pirate Ralph the Rover. [from the Arbroath Signal Tower Museum website]

  • Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum

    Archaeologists have been excavating at Arbeia since the 1870s. The finds recovered by the early excavators form the focus of the collection at Arbeia which is one of the largest and most significant from Hadrian’s Wall. The collection includes coins, engraved gemstones, jet ornaments, seal boxes, imperial seals, brooches pins and other jewellery as well as a military hoard included swords and other equipment. There is also a large collection of pottery including a range of cookware and elaborately decorated plates, dishes and other tableware. Some of the standout larger pieces in the collection are the inscribed stones, altars and graffiti that refer to individuals and places across the Roman Empire as far as Syria in some instances. Recent excavations have taken place on the interior of the Fort and the current excavation taking place in the south west corner of the site has come about after considerable research that was undertaken into the civilian settlement (vicus). The excavations and research have helped provide a broad and balanced picture of life at Arbeia during the Roman occupation. [from the Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum website]

  • Bankfield Museum

    A Museum since 1887, Bankfield tells the story of Halifax and Calderdale, using its rich and diverse collections. Set in the attractive surroundings of Akroyd Park, at the centre of Akroydon model village conservation area, this Victorian mansion was the home of local mill owner, philanthropist and MP, Colonel Edward Akroyd. Bankfield Museum’s displays cover local history, costume, art, toys, military history, jewellery and textiles from around the world. We also host temporary exhibitions including costume, embroidery, quilting, textile art, paintings and photography. [from the Bankfield Museum website]

  • Banff Museum

    One of Scotland’s oldest Museums, founded in 1828. See an electro-type copy of the Deskford Carnyx, a unique 2000-year-old war trumpet, as well as: Nationally-important collections of Banff silver Astronomy – James Ferguson ‘The Banff Astronomer’ Local objects and displays by the Banff Preservation and Heritage Society. [from the Banff Museum website]

  • Banbury Museum

    Welcome to Banbury Museum! We are a family friendly museum located in Banbury’s town centre, next to the idyllic canal side. The Civil War, plush manufacturing, the Victorian market town, costume from the 17th century to the present day, Tooley’s Boatyard and the Oxford Canal, are just some of the stories illustrated in the museum. There are also regularly changing exhibitions and activities to ensure that there is always something new to see and do. [from the Banbury Museum website]

  • Bagshaw Museum

    Explore the World at Bagshaw Museum. A Victorian former mill owner’s house set in 36 aces of parkland and ancient woodland, the museum is host to a wide range of unusual and exciting collections of collections from around the globe. Once the home of George Sheard from 1875-1902, this Gothic house became a museum a hundred years ago in 1911 and was named after its first curator, Walter Bagshaw. Where else could you hear a Shirley Bassey hit and come face to face with a Ganges crocodile? Bagshaw Museum is a very surprising and entertaining place! Displays include: two Batley local history galleries including stories about iconic institutions such as Fox’s Biscuits and Batley Variety Club; the ‘Spirit of South Asia’ gallery and a versatile temporary exhibition space that can also be used to host events and activities. Other permanent displays include: ‘The Kingdom of Osiris’, an atmospheric Egyptology gallery where dramatic lighting effects help to recreate the interior of a tomb and a Victorian seaside gallery with a Punch and Judy show. We have a small refreshment area within the museum shop where hot and cold drinks can be purchased and enjoyed. [from the Bagshaw Museum website]

  • Ashmolean Museum

    The Ashmolean’s collections from ancient Egypt and Sudan are among the most extensive in Britain, with approximately 50,000 objects representing every period of human occupation in the Nile Valley from prehistory to the 7th century AD. The first Egyptian objects arrived in the Museum in 1683 – the year of its foundation – but the major holdings derive from British excavations in Egypt conducted from the 1880s until the late 1930s. Oxford University excavations in southern Egypt and Sudan from 1910 onward (directed and largely funded by Francis Llewellyn Griffith, the first Professor of Egyptplogy at Oxford) added a representative collection of Nubian material. Among the most significant groups of material are the objects of Predynastic and Early Dynastic date (about 5000–2650 BC) from excavations at Naqada, Abydos, Koptos, and Hierakonpolis. These include such masterpieces as the ‘Two Dog’ palette, the Scorpion and Narmer mace-heads, and a limestone statue of King Khasekhem (2nd Dynasty, about 2700–2686 BC). The museum’s extensive collection of funerary material includes the finest set of coffins from a group belonging to a family burial of Theban priests of the 25th Dynasty (about 770–713 BC) found within the temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri. These were discovered by the first archaeologist to work for the Egypt Exploration Fund, Edouard Naville. From excavations at Tell el-Amarna, the capital of the so-called ‘heretic king’ Akhenaten (New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, about 1353–1335 BC), came many pieces of sculpture, objects of daily life, and fragmentary paintings, of which the ‘Princesses fresco’ is the best known. Professor Griffith’s excavations in Nubia brought to Oxford a representative collection of material from this region (the area now comprising southern Egypt and northern Sudan). It includes the largest object in the museum – the Shrine of King Taharqa (25th Dynasty, about 690–664 BC) – the only free-standing pharaonic monument in Britain. Many of the donations and bequests which have enriched the collections are associated with famous Egyptologists and Oxford scholars. From Sir Alan Gardiner, the greatest twentieth-century English scholar of the ancient Egyptian language, came documents on papyrus, such as the ‘Will of Naunakhte’ (about 1145 BC). In addition to papyri, the Ashmolean houses over 8,000 ostraca, inscribed fragments of pottery or limestone which served as a cheap writing medium in the ancient world. These include the Gardiner collection of hieratic ostraca, most notably the ‘Sinuhe Ostracon’ (the largest surviving limestone ostracon from ancient Egypt, inscribed with a copy of the literary classic, ‘The Tale of Sinuhe’) as well as the Bodleian Library’s collections of writing boards, wooden labels, and ostraca. Together they provide examples of all the scripts and languages that have been used in Egypt (Egyptian, Greek, Coptic, Aramaic, and Arabic), with documents ranging from school texts to private letters. [from the Ashmolean Museum website]

  • Arbuthnot Museum

    Discover the wealth of Peterhead’s maritime history in one of Aberdeenshire’s oldest museums. See models showing the development of Peterhead fishing boats and find out about: Peterhead’s past An important collection of Inuit Artifacts Arctic animals, including a Polar Bear Whaling One of Northern Scotland’s largest coin collections Temporary exhibitions with regularly changing program of events in Arbuthnot Gallery A large collection of photos of Peterhead and the surrounding area. [from the Arbuthnot Museum website]

  • Bolton Museum

    Bolton’s collection of ancient Egyptian material is arguably one of the most important in a British local authority museum (i.e. a non-National, non-University Museum), and numbers around 12,000 objects from over 65 sites in Egypt. Unlike comparable collections in the UK, the majority of the objects are excavated and thus retain full provenance information. This makes the collection of particular interest to researchers and gives scope for enhanced interpretation for the public.  The collection is recognised as being of international significance. Content of the Collection All phases of Egyptian material culture from the Neolithic Period (c. 5,000BC) to the Arab Period (7th Century AD onwards) are represented.  The objects are typical of the material culture of Egypt during these periods with a specific strength in textiles. Object types include, but are not limited to: textiles including clothing; basketry and boxes; statuary; funerary objects (shabti, model coffins, canopics, tomb models, funerary cones, soul houses, embalming materials, animal reliquaries); mummies (human and animal); coffins, coffin elements and cartonnage; architectural elements (wall reliefs, tomb reliefs including a false door, inscribed column fragments, beaded wall covering, painted plaster for walls and floor); stele; ceramic, stone, faience, wood, glass, and faience vessels; amulets and jewellery; cosmetic containers; toiletry items (combs, razors, mirrors, tweezers, palettes); tools and weapons; toys; ritual objects (large bronze incense stand, incense tongs, situla; clay hair balls); ostraca, papyri, scribal equipment. [from the Bolton Museum website]