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Objects, archives, photographs, art...

We collect objects that relate to the history of the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme. Our job is to look after and show these objects to reflect the lives of local people from days gone by. We have over 28,000 objects in the collections.

When you visit us you will discover many wonderful things from our collection on display in our eight galleries.

You can find out about ‘Pomona’ Pottery, toys from the past and Newcastle during the two world wars. You can peer through our Victorian shop windows where you will see marvellous ‘cures’ in our chemists shop, scary tools in our doctors surgery and all sorts of strange things in our pawnbrokers shop.

Our collections online

We don’t have room to show everything at once and some things need to be kept safe in storage to protect them. We want our objects to be seen, so we are gradually adding to our online pages. You will find some of our local photographs, artworks and objects online on the Staffordshire Past Track website  (external link). You are able to order copies of most of the images on the site.

You can also visit Staffordshire Prints  (external link) to buy some images taken from our photograph and art collection.

Donating objects to Brampton Museum

Many kind people offer to donate objects to our museum. We are always very grateful that people offer us items for the collection but sometimes we are unable to take them. Some of the reasons we may not accept an item are:

• There is not a strong connection to the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme
• We already have an example of an item and would not be able to use or care for more than one
• We couldn’t show or care for an item due to its poor condition

If you have something you think we would like please contact our Collections Officer via the Contact Us form  or call the museum on  01782 619705. A photograph of an item can be helpful, but is not essential.

We may take time to decide if we can accept objects offered to us. This is because we need to check that the object fits in with our collection and that we can properly care for it. We aim to make a decision within three weeks of an offer.

Please note that the museum cannot provide valuations.