Recent Acquisitions Case

Recent Acquisitions

The museum is offered around 100 objects or object groups each year. On average we accept items from around 75% of those offers and in 2014 we accessioned somewhere in the region of 700 individual objects into the collection.

All offers go through a process of assessment and investigation before a decision is made about whether to keep them or not - more information about this process can be found here.

All new acquisitions are added to the Accession Register as well as to our computerised database.

This page will highlight some of the most interesting recent acquisitions.

More recently acquired objects can be seen in the Museum in the Recent Acquisitions case, located in the Collectors Room.


Hymn Book of Sir Samuel Wathen

This book entitled: Portions of the Psalms of David together with a Supplement of Hymns for Fasts and Festivals was compiled by Reverand John Williams, Curate of Stroud. He was appointed (assistant) curate of Stroud on 18th April 1805, remaining there until 1833, when he became a rector in Woodchester. He and his wife, Elizabeth, had nine children and his family monument is in a churchyard in Stroud.

The book was printed by W. Richards of Dursley in 1812. It belonged to Sir Samuel Wathen, father of Paul Wathen whose portrait features in the Staircase Hall at the Museum. There is a drawing in the front of the book, which could possibly be Rodborough Tabernacle where the Wathens were trustees. There is also a sketch of a man at the back of the book. It is annotated throughout with place names and has some pressed flowers inside.  


2017.23/1 - Hymn book by a curate of Stroud


2017.24 - Camp diary from 1930

Boy's Diary From 1930

This camp diary was written by Leslie James, at age 14 in August 1930. It is an account of a week long trip made by the boys of East Dean Grammar School to Brimscombe. It includes photographs of some of the places they visited and the party of boys.

One of the photographs features the boys posing beneath Tom Long's Post. Beneath is written: "Tom Long, the highwayman, was supposed to have been buried here. An iron stake was driven through his body and it was replaced by this signpost."

Their trip included walks to Minchinhampton, visits to Grists Mill, Worth’s Carpet Works, Hack’s Stick factory, Bentley Pianos, Woodchester Villa and Copeland Chatterson. The author records some of the personalities they met there and the processes they witnessed.


World War One Wedding

This year we received the donation of a family archive relating to the Hooper/Marsh family who lived in Slad, and later in Stroud. The archive includes 80 photographs, documents and objects relating to this family and the earlier generations of the Irelands and Woodfields. Currently on display is a collection of wedding photographs from several different generations of the family, plus a greeting card, pin cushion, bottle opener and pair of glasses.

This photograph shows Beatrice Ireland and Archibald Marsh on their wedding day on 27 August 1917. They married at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Slad. Beatrice was born in Sheepscombe and Archibald in Kings Stanley. The wedding was featured in the local newspaper. Archibald had returned from serving as a driver in France in the First World War and had a permit allowing him to get married in civilian clothes rather than his army uniform.

2017.40/37 - Wedding photograph from 1917


2015.55 The Dragon Brooch

The Dragon Brooch

This rare silver brooch set with garnets dates from the 13th century and was found by a metal detectorist working in the Stroud District in 2014.

On either side of the garnets the design features dragons whose mouths graps both ends of the pin.

The brooch has been passed through the processes of the UK Treasure Act and was purchased for the collection by the Friends of Museum in the Park in 2015.

The brooch is now on display in 'And Then Came People' - our archaeology themed room.


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We aim to change the objects on display in our Recent Acquisitions case every 3 months. Why not pop in to the museum to see what's new?


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