Our Collections

The Museum’s permanent collection comprises a vast array of objects, archival material and photographs. No matter how big or small all our objects represent life in the area from the Iron Age to the 1950s. Currently standing at around forty thousand objects, the collection ranges from complete rescued and reconstructed buildings to ‘everyday’ objects including archaeology. The origins of the Museum’s collection began when Wilfrid Crosland began collecting old farm tools and implements. Mr Crosland lived in the building which is now the Museum’s offices, stores and reception area.

Beyond that, the Museum was built and grown by a dedicated team of volunteers, who cared about their local and shared heritage. They were central to the moving and re-building of a number of historic buildings (under threat of demolition) at the Museum site, primarily in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The collection of smaller objects has taken place over the last forty years mainly through the donation of items and mostly from local people.

Buildings

Date: From prehistory to the 1950s


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Home and domestic

Date: Collected since 1964


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Photographs

Date: Early to contemporary photographs


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Costume

Date: Need content


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Transportation

Date: Content Needed


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Industry

Date: content needed


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Archaeology

Date: Content needed


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Harrison Collection

Date: Opened to the public in 2012


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Library and Archive

Date: 2012


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