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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.

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.

Chertsey Museum

A Regency town house, home to collections of Mycenaean, Cypriot, Italian and Greek pots, and artifacts, photographs, and documents exploring the history of the Runnymede area. With opening times, events diary, and visitor information.

The City of Edinburgh Museums & Galleries

Official guide to the museums, galleries and monuments owned and managed by the City of Edinburgh Council. Includes information about their collections, services, and locations.

Cobbe Collection

Previews historic keyboard instruments, painting collections, and composer instruments. Provides booking forms, catalogs, and concert schedules and availability.


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.

Culture 24

Latest news, exhibition reviews, links, event listings and education resources from UK museums, art galleries, heritage sites, archives and libraries. Culture24

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.

The Dog Collar Museum

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

The Fire Services National Museum Trust

A project to build a museum near Northampton to celebrate the history of firefighting; includes progress reports and an account of their collections currently in store.

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.

The Herbert

Collections include visual arts, online exhibitions, archaeology, natural history, history, archives, and conservation.

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.

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.

The Mary Rose

The Mary Rose is a Tudor ship, built in 1510, in service for 34 years, sank in 1545, discovered in 1971 and raised in 1982. Now in the final stages of conservation, she takes her place in a unique museum.

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.

The Museum of English Rural Life

Contains details of the museum's history and its current aims and exhibitions. Includes what's on list and information about educational opportunities.

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.

National Heritage, the Museums Action Movement

A charity supporting, encouraging museums and galleries in the UK.

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.

The Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum

Constituting an impressive collection of aircraft and equipment, the Museum also houses the Royal Observer Corps Museum, the 446th (H) Bomb Group Museum, the RAF Bomber Command Museum and the Air Sea Rescue and Coastal Command Museum.

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 Cornwall Museum

Information about their exhibitions and collections covering Cornish and European archaeology, social history, and world cultures. Also includes information for visitors, and about their education services.

Rural Museums Network

Registered charity, aimed at promoting learning and encouraging a wider understanding of the UK’s rural heritage.

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.

Science Museum Group

An association of school museums throughout the UK; includes a directory, with details of their annual conference.

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.

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.

The Workhouse Network

Aims to promote the understanding of the history and contemporary relevance of poverty, welfare and the poor.

York Museums Trust

An independent charity which manages important York attractions in the ownership of the city council. Includes information about the institutions and their services, with news, FAQ, and corporate profile.

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