Contact us

How you can access our collections and find out more

Arranging a visit
To find out more or arrange an appointment to view the museum collections please email

To find out more or arrange a visit to the Fashion collections, please email

To find out more or arrange a visit to the Archaeology collections, please email

By telephone

0116 3053720

We are not always able to answer the phone if we are working in the collections facilities, so we prefer you contact us by email.

Accessing the collections
We can offer access to thousands of items from the museum collections. These visits are tailor-made to suit your needs, facilitated by one of our Curatorial team, and are available by appointment only.

If you are researching a particular period, type of object, or if you are looking for inspiration for a creative project, then a visit to the collections may be useful to you.

Gifts to the collections
The vast majority of the items in the collections have been given by local individuals, families, organisations or businesses.

We are always interested to see what people have to offer although we are unable to accept everything. We need to ensure we can provide the space and resources to care for objects in the future.

Please contact us if you wish to discuss a potential donation.

Archaeological Archive Deposition
If you are an archaeological contractor who wishes to discuss obtaining an accession number or depositing an archaeological archive, please email
For a copy of our Guidelines for the Transfer of Archaeological Archives please email

Schools and Learning

For museum objects and learning for schools, please contact Creative Learning Services

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