- About Us
- Why the Cockerel?
- The History of the Museum
- History of the Museum 1900-1983
- History of the Museum 1983 - Present
- The Cowle Trust
- Special Events
- School Holiday Activities
- Knitting Picnic Party
- Shakespeare Festival
- Garden Party for Democracy
- Future Exhibitions
- Lost for Words
- Previous Exhibitions
- 2018 Exhibitions
- 2017 Exhibitions
- 2016 Exhibitions
- 2015 Exhibitions
- 2014 Exhibitions
- 2013 Exhibitions
- 2012 Exhibitions
- 2011 Exhibitions
- 2010 Exhibitions
- 2007 - 2009 Exhibitions
- The Museum Collections
- Collections Enquiries
- Recent Acquisitions
- Mystery Object
- Highlights of the Collection
- Paintings from the Collection
- Wilf Merrett Postcard Collection Gallery
- Featured Objects - The Lawnmower
- Featured Object - Wallbridge Painting
- Featured Object - Spanners
- Featured Object - Baughan Motorcyle
- Featured Collection - Casein
- Featured Collection - Prinknash Pottery
- Featured Objects - the Berkeley Maces
- Featured Object - Anglo Saxon Mill Paddles from Nailsworth
- Collections Policies
- World War One Commemoration Events
- 2014 - One Man's War
- 2015 - Technology and Innovation
- 2016 - The World at War
- 2017 - The Home Front
- 2018 - Medals, Souvenirs and Legacy
- Echoes in Enamel Project
- Stories from the Collection
- Trephined Skull
- Bragg Clock
- Beaker Boy
- Woolly Mammoths
- The Story of Animation in Stroud
- Friends of the Museum
- Friends Events
- Friends Contributions
- The Gate to The Secret Garden Print
- The Walled Garden Project
- Walled Garden Plan
- Walled Garden Brief History
- Walled Garden Project Photographs
- Secret Garden Public Photography Day 2013
- The first Walled Garden Residency by Quercus
- Only the Flame Remains: A Collection of Poems
- Museum Volunteers
Collections Enquiries and Offers to the Collection
We welcome offers of objects with a strong connection to the Stroud district for the collection. Resources are limited so we are unable to accept everything that is offered, especially large items.
Due to space limitations, we cannot accept objects on condition that they are permanently displayed. Objects not on display are a valuable resource for research, education and future exhibitions.
The museum will consider fixed term loans as well as gifts. We are unable to accept items on "permanent" loan.
If you wish to make an offer, it is best to contact the museum before bringing the item in.
Enquiries are welcome. You can email the collections team or telephone us with a brief description of your enquiry.
Research enquiries which take more than 30 minutes of staff time may be subject to charges – any charge would be discussed with you prior to work commencing.
Most objects not on display can be seen by appointment, but as the collections are stored on 3 different sites, we may not be able to accommodate all research requests. We will of course do our best to help whenever possible.
We can assist with object identifications. Should we be unable to offer an opinion on the object, we may be able to refer you to another museum with specialist curators.
You can email an image of the object as an attachment, or leave it at the museum reception during opening hours.
We can refer archaeological finds to the Portable Antiquities Scheme, or you can contact the Finds Officer for Bristol and Gloucestershire directly here.
Please note that we are unable to give valuations.
We can provide images of many objects in the collection. Charges vary according to use. Prices on application.
Contact Us for all collections related enquiries and offers.
Did you know?
There are approximately 55,000 objects in the Museum's collection - everything from toys to toilets and fossils to fine art.
Stroud Local History Society website contains detailed information about Stroud's history which may help with your research
Digital Stroud - a local history site created in 2004 which contains some useful information.
For link to other organisations/resources please see our Useful Links page
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