Reference Museums

26 Treasures

Highlights 26 treasures from each of England, Scotland and Wales, and examines what they mean to the people.

Agricultural Museum Brook

Kent based museum displaying items of an agricultural interest such as steam engines, farming machinery and oak barns. Offers images, school trip and an overview of their collection.

Art Fund Prize

Annual award of £100,000 awarded to a UK museum or gallery for innovation and excellence. Contains news, podcasts and information on current and previous winners.

The Bakelite Museum

Somerset museum housing the largest collection of vintage plastics in Britain housed in a picturesque historic watermill.

Birmingham Proof House Museum

A historic firearms museum that dates back to 1858 founded by a retired police officer. Includes collection details with visiting information.

The British Association of Friends of Museums

Independent organisation for friends, volunteers and supporters in museums, galleries and heritage sites. With news, publications, events, membership details and resources.

The British Museum

The national museum for the whole of the UK, with wide ranging collections covering history and cultures of the world. Includes a guide for visitors, with information about their international partnerships, conservation, research programmes, and touring exhibitions.

The British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum

A working wireless museum in West Dulwich, London. Offers a virtual tour of the areas and exhibits with opening times.

The Clockmakers Museum & Library

Providing details of a British clock and clock making museum located in London that was founded in 1817. Provides collection details and visiting information.


An online database of information about more than 6,000 collections in the UK's museums, galleries, archives and libraries. Offers searches by subject, period, place, or culture.

Cultural Property Advice

Advisory service offering a guide to collecting, buying and selling art, antiques and antiquities. Includes sections for the trade, the public and public collections, news and support materials.

Culture 24

Highlights museums, galleries and heritage sites across the UK with location details, news and updates. Includes a search facility.

Culture Unlimited

Think tank which concerns itself with the UK cultural sector and its future. Includes downloadable reports covering topics such as museum technology, museums and mental health and how museums and galleries can further tolerance.

Devon Museums

Providing details and locations of more than 70 museums in Devon covering trains and shipwrecks through to farming and industrial life. devonmuseums

The Dog Collar Museum

An unusual but unique collection of historical dog collars with more than 100 collars on display inside Leeds Castle.

The Guardian: Unusual Museums

Providing details and images of some of the more obscure and unusual museums in England including a gnome reserve in Devon and Louis Tussaud's in Norfolk.

The Happy Museum Project

Examines how the UK museum sector can respond to the challenges presented by the need for creating a more sustainable future. happymuseum

Heatherbank Museum of Social Work

The only UK museum dedicated to social work and welfare in Europe. View exhibition details and viewing contact. Glasgow.

Heritage Open Days

Annual voluntary cultural event which celebrates England's architectural heritage by opening interesting properties that are either not usually open, or would normally charge an entrance fee; with programme, news, and contacts.

The Hunterian

Scotland's oldest public museum and home to one of the largest collections outside the National Museums. Includes a guide to its collections and exhibitions, events, and contacts.

Kids in Museums

Aims to be the voice of family museum visitors across the UK. Contains information on awards, projects and current issues. kidsinmuseums

London's Quirkiest Museums

Highlighting some of the lesser-known museums located throughout London including the British Optical Association Museum and the Grant Museum of Zoology.

Milton Keynes Museum

A home and country life museum highlighting the past of Milton Keynes and its changes since the 1960's.

Montecute Museum

A fascinating Somerset museum displaying nostalgic television and radio artefacts. Includes collection details and future exhibitions.

Museums and Galleries Month

Annual UK-wide celebration of museums and galleries held in May. Overview and information for organisers as well as what's on and news.

Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland

Information on accessing the various museums and galleries including the Ulster Museum. News, links, education and how to offer support.

National Museum Wales

The country's national museum service. Includes a guide to their museums celebrating the heritage of Wales, with information about collections, research, exhibitions, services, and locations.

National Museums Northern Ireland

The national museum service, responsible for four museums celebrating the history, culture and people of Northern Ireland. Includes details of locations and collections, visitor guides, and information about their education services and research.

National Museums of Scotland

The country's national museum service; includes details of the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, and their other specialist museums around the country. Includes a guide to their collections, exhibitions, research, and education services.

Northern Ireland Museums Council

Information on museums in Northern Ireland and a description of the work of the council.

Rochdale Pioneers Museum

Preserves the original store of the Rochdale Pioneers, birthplace of the modern co-operative movement. Includes a visitor guide and resources.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Collections that tell the story of Exeter and Devon from the prehistoric to the plus world cultures and natural history collections of global exploration and collecting in the 18th and 19th centuries. RAMMuseum

Royal Kingston: Museums and Local History

Providing details of museums, archives and local history sites and services provided within Kingston upon Thames.

School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

Offers full information on the courses, professional development, journals and research of this internationally renowned centre for museum studies.

Scottish Cultural Resources Access [SCRAN]

Charity and online learning resource with over 360,000 images and media from Scottish museums, galleries, archives and the media.

South West England Vintage Television Museum

Highlighting a not-for-profit museum in Devon that specialises in vintage televisions and offering an online gallery of their collection.

The Stained Glass Museum

Located within Ely Cathedral and telling the story of stained glass with exhibitions, lectures and events.

The Telephone Museum

A fascinating museum in Milton Keynes highlighting the history of the telephone with collections including exchanges and switchboards.

Top 10 Unusual British Museums

Highlighting some of the most bizarre and strangest museums in the UK with information provided by the Telegraph.

Tyne & Wear Museums

Information about eleven museums and galleries in the north east of England, each with their own unique collections. Includes exhibition and event programmes, archaeology department, and education services.

Whitechapel Bell Foundry Ltd

Providing tours and highlighting the history of bell making in Whitechapel that dates back more than 500 years.

Winston Churchill's Britain at War Experience

A permanent exhibition that shows life in war torn London. Admission fees and exhibit details. London SE1.

Wycombe Museum

High Wycombe museum with displays relating to photography, social history, furniture and art with a famous collection of Windsor chairs.

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