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Our Collections

Hampshire Cultural Trust curates and cares for the art and museum collections owned by Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council. These extensive collections mainly relate to the historic county of Hampshire as it was before the 1974 local government reorganisation of county boundaries but there are also items from further afield, particularly in the decorative arts, biology, geology, social history and industrial history collections.

The main collection areas are:

Arts: Fine art, sculpture, ceramics, glass, metalwork, historic dress and textiles, toys, horology, firearms, maps and books that represent the cultural life of Hampshire and its people from the medieval period to the present day.

Archaeology: Material evidence of human existence and industry in Hampshire from 500,000 years ago to the Second World War derived from major research excavations, rescue archaeology, field walking and stray finds.

Historic Photographs: Portraits and topographical views of Hampshire and its people dating from the 1850s to the present day. The collection consists of over 250,000 photographic prints, negatives, glass plate negatives, lantern slides and transparencies.

Natural Sciences: Biology and geology specimens representing Hampshire’s natural environment, past and present.

Social and Industrial History: Objects and information that tell the story of everyday life and work in Hampshire, mainly from the 19th century to modern times tracing the changing patterns as Hampshire moved from a rural to an urban economy.

Many items are on display through both temporary and permanent displays at the many venues operated by the Trust. Items not on display can be viewed for research purposes, by appointment ONLY, at our stores in Winchester.

If you have an enquiry about any of our collections please contact us at collections@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk, tel 01962 826700