Every single object in our collection is unique but one of our collections, the Parker-Hore collection, is of national importance. It includes, amongst other things:
- A chest belonging to the antiquarian Sir Thomas Habington of Hindlip, who was accused of being involved in plots to free Mary Queen of Scots and the Gunpowder Plot. He survived due to friends in high places.
- 18th century paintings of people and places
- An internationally important collection of topographical prints and drawings started by the distinguished Oxford publisher and architectural writer, John Henry Parker (1806-1884).
- The circular table from Sir Edward Elgar’s Music Room.
- A fabulous collection of medieval floor tiles collected and recorded by a Victorian lady and her granddaughter between 1840 and 1940. Find out more about these tiles.