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Heritage collections

Heritage collections

We have over 200,000 items in our collections, and many have great national and international important,
Some objects have remarkable stories behind them, for example our Napoleonic Craft-work made by prisoners of war at Norman Cross.
You can also find out about the daily life of Peterborough's people, both past and present, through our Social History collection.

Our collections and services

Collection services
Peterborough Heritage Collections are happy to provide the following services enquires; relating to the heritage collections, collections care advise, donations, research visits, archaeological identifications as part of the Portable Antiquities Scheme and loans.
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Archaeology collections
Peterborough has a rich and significant archaeological history. Our collection includes nationally important artefacts from key sites telling the story of human settlement from the Palaeolithic period to the present day.
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Geology collection
Highlights from our geological collections include the fossil remains of locally found marine reptiles from the Jurassic period over 150 million years ago.
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Norman Cross collection
Peterborough Museum holds the Norman Cross collection of Napoleonic prisoner of war craft-work. It is considered both the largest and finest collection of such items in the world.
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Social history collection
Our wide and varied social history collection offers a glimpse, and a better understanding, of everyday life for people at different times in history.
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Art Collection
The Collections contain an impressive range of art dating from the 1600s to the present day. Highlights include landscape paintings by Van Huysum, the well-known Dutch flower painter, 'View of Port St Denis' by Sickert.
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Natural History Collection
The Natural History collection covers a wide area of subjects including shells, butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera), as well as stuffed animals (taxidermy).
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Heritage Collections Online

It is important to us that the Heritage collections held in trust for the people of Peterborough are as accessible as possible.
To try and achieve this we have been working on putting as much of the collection searchable online as possible. With over 200,000 objects this is no small task!
As we work through the collections more will appear online, and more will have accompanying photographs too, so please bear with us,
and come back to visit our collections online regularly to see the progress! Explore, Enthuse and Enjoy.

Search the Ealand Warwick Database
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Search the Photograph Database
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Search the Norman Cross Database
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Search the Military Collection Database
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Search the Taxidermy Database
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Search the Leedsichthys Database
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Fossil Fish & Marine Reptile Database
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