We welcome enquiries to see items from the stored collections or for identification of objects you have found

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.  

Research Enquiries

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.

Object Identification

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.

Reproduction Requests

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.


The Portable Antiquities Scheme

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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