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Over the past 170 years, objects have arrived at our museums from hundreds of people wanting to share their piece of Shropshire’s past.  Over 99% of the objects we hold are here thanks to the generosity of a remarkable donor.

Shropshire Museums now cares for over 300,000 items; from fossilised rain drops to Queen Victoria’s stockings. The objects we care for are what make our museums special.  Each one tells its own unique story about Shropshire past. Some of our objects are stunning, others amusing and some just plain weird!  

Most of our “wow” objects are on display across our museums and with partner institutions.  However, not all items can be on display at one time.  This is due to our display capacity or the conservation needs of the objects. Those currently in store are used as an important resource for our learning programmes, study visits and research programmes. They can also be accessed below via our online collections database and seen by prior appointment. 

Object of the month

Early C20th boxed set of aluminium egg grading test ‘poises’ used by Shropshire County Council, Trading Standards.  Part of a large collection of weights and measures used by Trading Standards over their 190 year history.

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