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Heritage collections

Heritage collections

We have over 200,000 items in our collections, and many have great national and international important, Some objects have remarkable stories behind them, for example our Napoleonic Craft-work made by prisoners of war at Norman Cross.

 

You can also find out about the daily life of Peterborough's people, both past and present, through our Social History collection. 

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Archaeology collections
Peterborough has a rich and significant archaeological history. Our collection includes nationally important artefacts from key sites telling the story of human settlement from the Palaeolithic period to the present day.
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Geology collection
Highlights from our geological collections include the fossil remains of locally found marine reptiles from the Jurassic period over 150 million years ago.
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Norman Cross collection
Peterborough Museum holds the Norman Cross collection of Napoleonic prisoner of war craft-work. It is considered both the largest and finest collection of such items in the world.
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Social history collection
Our wide and varied social history collection offers a glimpse, and a better understanding, of everyday life for people at different times in history.
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Art Collection
The Collections contain an impressive range of art dating from the 1600s to the present day. Highlights include landscape paintings by Van Huysum, the well-known Dutch flower painter, 'View of Port St Denis' by Sickert.
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Natural History Collection
The Natural History collection covers a wide area of subjects including shells, butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera), as well as stuffed animals (taxidermy).
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Heritage Collections Online

It is important to us that the Heritage collections held in trust for the people of Peterborough are as accessible as possible. To try and achieve this we have been working on putting as much of the collection searchable online as possible. With over 200,000 objects this is no small task! As we work through the collections more will appear online, and more will have accompanying photographs too, so please bear with us, and come back to visit our collections online regularly to see the progress!

Explore, Enthuse and Enjoy.

Search the Leedsichthys Database
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Fossil Fish & Marine Reptile Database
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Search the Norman Cross Database
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Search the Photograph Database
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Search the Military Collection Database
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Search the Ealand Warwick Database
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Search the Taxidermy Database
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Collections Services

<p>Peterborough Heritage Collections are happy to provide the following services enquires; relating to the heritage collections, collections care advise, donations, research visits, archaeological identifications as part of the Portable Antiquities Scheme and loans.</p>

Collections Enquiries

Our staff are happy to answer your questions regarding an item in the heritage collections. Enquiries can be made by e-mail, telephone or in person.

Please be aware all although we will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible, enquiries are dealt with in a chronological order and can take up to 2 weeks. 

Heritage.collections@vivacity.org

 

Research Visits

Research visits to the collection are very welcome. Please contact either the Heritage Collections manager or Archaeological Development Manager with your request.

We ask for at least 2 weeks notice prior to your visit.

heritage.collections@vivacity.org

Donations

We always appreciate offers from the public to donate items to our collections. Please arrange an appointment to make a donation. Appointments will need to be made directly with our Heritage Collections Manager or our Archaeology Development Manager, if it is an archaeological donation.

For donations to be accepted they must meet our current collecting policy.

heritage.collections@vivacity.org

Collections Care Advice

Our curatorial staff are always happy to give advice on the care of collections, from the preparation and conservation of fossils, to the care and storage of costume. 

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Loans

We are happy to consider loans of objects from the heritage collections to any organisations which meet required standards. Past loans have included objects to Tate Britain and the National History Museum

Please contact the Heritage Collections Manager in the first instance with your request.

heritage.collections@vivacity.org

Archaeological Identifications

Unfortunately, we will no longer be running an artefact ID service, except for archaeological identifications as part of the Portable Antiques Scheme (more information is below). These will also be available by appointment only, on Fridays.

The county Finds Liaison Officer is in Peterborough one day a week on Fridays, the Museum cannot accept items for identification except via appointment.

We will endeavour to have some general information about common geology finds on the website in the future, as a useful reference point.

Alternately, other museums in our region may offer an identification service which you could make use of.

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Do you have an Archaeological artefact that is more than 300 years old?

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a national programme which assists with the recording of finds discovered by members of the public. The scheme aims to help finders have their objects identified and recorded, as well as providing specialist advice on conservation and storage. The finds are recorded centrally on a national database, which can be accessed over the Internet.

Archaeological finds are more common than you might think. Anything can be found by anybody – while gardening, building an extension, walking the dog, on the beach, or while using a metal-detector. The Portable Antiquities Scheme adds another piece to the jigsaw puzzle of the past. It does not record finds made during routine archaeological investigations, as these are recorded directly on the Historic Environment Record.

The Finds Liaison Officer (FLO) for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is based in Peterborough one day per week. If you would still like to make an appointment with the Finds Liaison Officer we ask that you contact the Museum by calling 01733 864 709 to arrange an appointment.

*This excludes appointments to report items of treasure. All finders of gold and silver objects, and groups of coins from the same findspot, which are over 300 years old, have a legal obligation to report such items (within 14 days) under the Treasure Act 1996.

For information on the Treasure Act 1996, Export Licenses or just to browse items that have already been recorded please visit www.finds.org.uk

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