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North West

This section covers museum collections in the five ceremonial counties of Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, and Cheshire. Links to partner institutions comings soon.


Congleton Museum

They say 'Collecting items relating to the history of the Congleton area or associated with Congleton people.'


Grosvenor Museum

They say 'The Grosvenor Museum houses collections exploring the history of Chester, its art and silver heritage, and its natural history.'


Nantwich Museum

They say 'The fascinating history of one of Cheshire’s most attractive and historic towns is brought to life by Nantwich Museum, founded in January 1980.'


National Waterways Collection

They say 'Together with our sister museum in Gloucester Docks, and with your support, our National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port looks after one of the greatest collections of boats and objects in the world.'


Norton Priory Museum & Gardens

They say 'Discover 900 years of history through an award winning museum, a spectacular 14th century Saint Christopher statue and excavated medieval ruins set in acres of managed woodland. Open throughout the year.'


Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

They say 'We have over 200,000 objects covering ethnology, archaeology, numismatics, local & social history, natural science and fine art.'


Warrington Museum of Freemasonry

They say 'The aim of the Museum is to stimulate a wide public interest in the history and development of Freemasonry and to establish the Museum as an integral part of the Warrington Cultural scene.


Kendal Museum

They say 'founded in 1796, Kendal Museum's fascinating collections include local archaeology, history, geology and natural history from around the globe. The museum also hosts exhibitions, displays and offers a range of activities, talks and courses for young and old alike.'


Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

They say 'Close to the borders of England and Scotland and to the Lake District, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery is a meeting point of the History, Nature and Art in one of Britain’s most fascinating regions. The rich collections are a resource of local, regional and national importance.'

Greater Manchester

Bolton Library and Museum

They say 'Bolton Museum and Archive service is located above the Library behind the Town hall on Le Mans Crescent.'


Gallery Oldham

They say 'Gallery Oldham has been collecting artworks and objects since 1883 and is still collecting today.'


The Manchester Museum

They say 'We're the Museum on Oxford Road with the dinosaurs, mummies and live animals. We also have loads of other great stuff from the natural world and different cultures.'


Museum of Wigan Life

They say 'Discover the people and places of Wigan borough, past and present at the Museum of Wigan Life.'


Saddleworth Museum & Art Gallery, Oldham

They say 'The museum tells the story of the people who have created Saddleworth’s landscape and character. Our displays change regularly making use of material stored in our archive.'


Salford Museum & Art Gallery

They say 'Salford Museum and Art Gallery presents an exciting programme of permanent displays and changing contemporary exhibitions together with a range of events and activities guaranteed to inspire.'


Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

They say 'The Museum and art gallery hosts a wide range of exhibitions, events and activities and also has collections of Japanese prints, the Hart collection of books, coins and medieval manuscripts, an award-winning South Asian gallery, the history of Blackburn, the Egyptian Mummy, Fine and Decorative Art and the Bowdler collection of world beetles.'


Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston

They say 'Since 1893, The Harris has enriched the lives of our visitors and the local community by creating links between people, collections and exhibitions, by celebrating creativity and stimulating learning… something that continues today!'


Lancashire Museum Service

They say 'Lancashire Museums look after more than 150,000 amazing objects from around the county.'


Towneley Hall, Burnley

They say 'Burnley's Art Gallery & Museum set in the town's largest park provides a wonderful day out for all the family. With an extensive range of events, activities and exhibitions Towneley provides something for every visitor.'


The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery

They say 'The Whitaker (previously Rossendale Museum & Art Gallery) is set in a beautiful park at the centre of the Rossendale Valley, Lancashire, UK. The museum displays include interesting local history, painting, and Victorian natural history collections.'


The Atkinson

They say 'The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful new home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport and just 3 minutes’ walk from Southport train station.'


The Garstang Museum of Archaeology

They say 'The Garstang Museum of Archaeology has one of the most important collections of antiquities in the UK and reflects the long history of research into Archaeology at Liverpool University.'


Knowsley Hall

They say 'Knowsley Hall and the Stanley family have featured in the region’s history, along with that of the nation, since the estate was created in 1385. Delve into the family’s past and you’ll discover the 14th Earl was Prime Minister three times, the 15th Earl was Foreign Secretary and the 17th Earl was involved in negotiating the Treaty of Versailles.'


Port Sunlight Museum

They say 'Offering state-of-the-art audio-visuals, tablets, listening consoles and interactives, the museum tells the story of past village social history through a time-line of facts and fascinating film footage, giving an in-sight into characters who lived and worked in Port Sunlight.'


Merseyside Maritime Museum

They say 'uncover objects from the Titanic, find out about life at sea and learn about the port of Liverpool.'


Victoria Gallery & Museum

They say 'you'll find a collection of art and curiosities so varied and exciting you'll wonder why you've never noticed us before amongst all the Liverpool museums. Witness nightmares in a bottle, a Victorian dental surgery, a fine art collection and an archaeological dig.'


Williamson Art Gallery & Museum

They say 'The Williamson houses one of the best art collections in the North West of England in its beautifully proportioned galleries. Paintings of all sorts, especially British watercolours and work by local artists, join highlights of the decorative arts collections like Liverpool Porcelain and Birkenhead's own contribution to the Arts & Crafts Movement, the Della Robbia Pottery.'


World Museum Liverpool

They say 'discover treasures from around the world, explore outer space and meet live creatures!'