Heritage Education – Compose it!

A musical workshop for Key Stages 1 & 2 lasting 2 hours delivered at Market Hall Museum, Warwick Explore the museum and create a soundscape of Market Hall Museum. Pupils will use their imagination to bring…

Heritage Education – Archaeology Mini Dig

A special summer workshop for Key Stage 2 based at St John’s Museum.   Experience a day of archaeological exploration techniques.  A special summer workshop designed in partnership with Archaeology…

Our Warwickshire

Creating a new physical and virtual space to enhance the telling of Warwickshire’s stories In May 2015, the Our Warwickshire Project was awarded £965,500 from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Our…

Projects – Plants to Pills Blog

“From Plants to Pills” was a community led education project to help tell the story of the development of health and medicines in Warwickshire.  Community groups and people across Warwickshire…

About the Museum Service

The Warwickshire Natural History and Archaeological Society The origins of the Museum lay in a society known as the Warwick and Leamington Spa Phrenological Society which was established in 1834.…

Museum Exhibitions

Exhibitions Complementing the Museum’s permanent collection, the programme of free temporary exhibitions are available to view at both Market Hall Museum and St John’s House. These exhibitions range in size…

Collections in Context

Warwickshire Museum has wide-ranging collections, providing evidence for our county’s past and present human and animal inhabitants, habitats and environments. Today, we collect within the fields of archaeology, geology, social…

Exhibitions and collections

Discover the fascinating story of Warwickshire’s heritage and culture through artefacts, archives and exhibitions. Find out about present and future exhibitions at the Warwickshire Museums and the current galleries and…

Displaying a Warwickshire plesiosaur

Among our geological collections there are a number of Jurassic reptile skeletons – the remains of ‘sea-dragons’ known as ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs. These lived in the Jurassic seas that covered…

Devils’ toenails in Warwickshire

Fossil shells known as Gryphaea (pronounced ‘gry-fee-a’) or ‘Devils’ toenails’ are commonly found in fields, gardens, and old quarries in southern and eastern Warwickshire. These distinctive curved fossils are a…

Warwickshire’s Jurassic past

Much of southern Warwickshire is underlain by layers of clay, limestone, sandstone and ironstone dating back to the Jurassic Period. The rock beds are occasionally seen in quarries, road cuttings…

Social History Exhibitions – Going to School

By 1900, at the end of Queen Victoria’s reign, most children in Warwickshire attended Elementary Schools like the one in the image opposite. Images and Log Book extracts by kind…

Social History Projects – ‘The Allotment’

‘The Allotment’ project was created in partnership with Kenilworth Allotment Tenants Association. Between March and September 2002, allotment holders from Kenilworth photographed the growing season on their plots and kept…

Social History – Collecting Social History

The Social History collection reflects the lives of Warwickshire people over the last 300 years. Many items have been donated by individuals – one of our youngest donors is Henry,…

Social History – Behind the scenes

Many of the objects in our collection, such as costume and textiles, are fragile and need help to survive. We try to protect them from risks such as light, fluctuating…

Social History – Object Corner

Object Corner gives you the chance to find out a little bit more about some of the interesting items in the Social History collection. Owl Woodcarving ‘Make do and mend’…

Social History – Domestic and Working Life

The collection of domestic and working life objects contains items used in the homes and workplaces of Warwickshire people, from the 19th Century to the present day. There is a…

Social History – Dolls and Toys

This collection includes dolls, toys and games from the late 18th century to the present day. The oldest doll dates from the 1770s and the most recent is a ‘Bratz’…

Social History – Costume and Textiles

The costume and textile collection features objects dating from the 17th Century to the present day. This includes clothing worn by Warwickshire people over the last 200 years, and various…

Looking Good!

Today we spend time and money making ourselves look and smell attractive. But how did people in the past do this? We often assume that everyone smelt really bad but,…

Archaeology – The Warwick Ring

This beautiful gold and enamel ring was found near Warwick and acquired by Warwickshire Museum in 2003. It was probably made in the 10th century AD in Germany. The centre…

Looking after your rocks and fossils

Your rock and fossil collection Rock and fossil collecting is a popular hobby and an excellent way to explore the fascinating science of geology. Collections can build up very quickly,…

The Sheldon Tapestry Maps

The Sheldon Tapestry Map of Warwickshire can be seen at the Market Hall Museum, Warwick. The Tapestry Map has been in the collection of the Warwickshire Museum Service since the…

Museum Society Library Collection

Our museum dates back to 1836 when a group of local gentlemen established the Warwickshire Natural History and Archaeological Society. Mainly doctors, lawyers and clergymen interested in the natural history,…

Revelations

Objects can be used as evidence. They can reveal exciting and unique information about the world around us and how people lived in the past. Click on the images to…

Close up and Personal

Fossilised ‘sea-lilies’ Stag beetle Anglo Saxon Brooch Embroidered casket Fossilised ‘sea-lilies’ These beautiful, delicate, snowflake-like fossils are found commonly in the fields and ditches of southern and eastern Warwickshire and…

Depositing Records

The County Record Office collects records of historic value that will be of use and interest to present and future generations. If you know of records relating to Warwickshire that…