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Museums Around The United Kingdom on the Web

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Recent Additions

ArtSway, Sway, Hampshire
British Schools Museum, Hitchin, Hertfordshire
* Camborne School of Mines Virtual Museum
Cobham Bus Museum, Surrey
Chichester District Museum, West Sussex
Dorset County Museum, Dorchester
Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford, Somerset
Highland Museum of Childhood, Strathpeffer, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland
Internal Fire, Museum of Power, Tanygroes, Ceredigion, Wales

Jane Austen Centre in Bath, Somerset
Lock Museum, Willenhall, West Midlands
London Motorcycle Museum, Greenford, Middlesex
The Manor House Museum, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Moyse's Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Nantwich Museum, Cheshire
Pollocks Toy Museum, London
Ryhope Engines Museum, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum, Manston, Kent
Stevenage Museum, Hertfordshire
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Geographical Order, 'Star' Sites

Alphabetical Order

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

1853 Gallery, Salts Mill, Saltaire, Shipley, West Yorkshire. Houses pictures by David Hockney.

19 Princelet Street, London. "An unrestored Huguenot master silk weaver's home, whose shabby frontage conceals a rare synagogue built over its garden"

1st The Queen's Dragoon Museum, Cardiff Castle, Wales. Military museum.

* 24 Hour Museum. A gateway to information about UK museums. Includes an advanced museum locator, up-to-date museum and gallery news, links to educational resources and a variety of other features. The world's first ever Government-recognised national museum which only exists in cyberspace. See also children's section Show Me.

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* Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria. Based in a Georgian villa, with important collections 18th, 19th and 20th century art. The gallery also has an innovative programme of educational activities, lectures and events.

Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, Scotland. Collections of fine art, applied art, archaeology, maritime, numismatics, science, industry and technology.
[Responsible for: Aberdeen Art Gallery; Aberdeen Maritime Museum; Provost Skene's House; The Tolbooth ]

AccessArt. The aim of this site is "Making art more accessible!" It is an evolving collection of online workshops and arts educational activities aimed at all ages.

Aerospace Museum, Cosford, Shropshire.

Allhallows Museum, Honiton, Devon. Local museum including lace and pottery industry displays housed in the town's oldest building.

Althorp House, Northamptonshire. Ancestral home of the Spencer family, resting place of Princess Diana.

Amberley Museum, West Sussex. Outdoor industrial museum based in chalk pits.

American Museum in Britain, Bath, Somerset. Only museum in Europe devoted to American furniture, decorative arts and quilts.

Armagh Planetarium, Northern Ireland.

Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol. Contemporary arts.

! ArtSway, Sway, Hampshire. Contemporary visual arts venue in the New Forest.

* Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology, University of Oxford. See the Cast Gallery and the Griffith Institute for Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern studies.

Astley Green Colliery Museum, Tyldesley, Greater Manchester. Industrial museum looking at the history of coal mining in Lancashire. Has the UK's largest collection of colliery locomotives.

Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery, Chorley, Lancashire. Local history museum, housed in a Tudor/Stuart house, with collections of fine art, ceramics and social history. Also news of the Education Service.

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. Historic buildings covering seven centuries, rescued and rebuilt on an open-air site

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Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, Northumberland. Local history museum.

Bakelite Museum, Williton, Somerset. The largest collection of vintage plastics in Britain, especially from the Art Deco period.

Bank of England Museum & Archive, City of London.

Barley Hall, York. A medieval oak-framed house, with all items of fixtures and fittings are made using ancient materials and techniques.

Barometer World and Museum, Merton, Devon.

* Bass Museum, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire. History of the beer brewing industry - shire horses, web cams, and Shockwave interactive.

Bate Collection of Musical Instruments, University of Oxford.

Bath Postal Museum, Somerset. Covers the history of the Post in the UK and introduce the key people that shaped the postal system,

* Bath Preservation Trust, Somerset. The Trust exists to preserve the historic character and amenities of Bath, one of only 3 UNESCO World Heritage Cities.
[Responsible for: No1 Royal Crescent Museum; Building of Bath Museum; Beckford Tower and Museum; Herschel Museum]

* Beck Isle Museum, Pickering, North Yorkshire. Rural life museum with displays reflecting the past 200 years. Site has a virtual tour, and the largest on-line collection of photographs by Sidney Smith.

Beckford Tower and Museum, Bath, Somerset. 19th century retreat for William Beckford. Contains collections illustrating his life.
[Part of: Bath Preservation Trust]

Bede's World, Jarrow, Tyne & Wear. Anglo-Saxon and medieval collections from the excavations of St Paul's Monastery.

Bedford Museum. Display of human history of the region from prehistoric times.

Bell-Pettigrew Museum, University of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. Evolutionary and taxonomic relationships between animals.

Bellingham Heritage Centre, Northumberland. Preserves and displays the heritage of the North Tyne and Redewater area. Covers all aspects of local history, including: The Border Counties Railway; mining; photographs of W P Collier (rural life in Northumberland between the two World Wars); and the Border Reivers.

Bennie Museum, Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland. Local history museum

Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre, Nottingham.

Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood, London. Houses the UK's national collection of toys and games, children's costume, nursery furniture and baby equipment.
[Part of Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)]

Big Pit - National Mining Museum of Wales, Blaenafon. [Part of National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Cardiff].

Biggar Museum Trust, Moat Park, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland. See list of museums.
[Includes: Greenholl Covenanters' House, Moat Park Heritage Centre, Gladstone Court Museum, The Albion Archive, Biggar Gasworks, and Brownsbank Cottage (home of Hugh MacDiarmid)]

The Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture , University of Exeter, Devon. Displays on the history of cinema and its percursors - zoetropes, magic lanterns, panoramas and shadow puppets.

Birmingham & Midland Museum of Transport, Wythall, West Midlands.

* Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, West Midlands.
[Responsible for:Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, Soho House, Weoley Castle, and the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter]

Birmingham Schools Liaison Department, West Midlands. A group of teachers who work within museums, teaching schoolchildren during planned visits

Blackwell, Kendal, Cumbria. A surviving house in the Arts and Crafts movement style, with most of the original decorative interiors still intact.

Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, West Midlands. Living history museum.
[Responsible for: The Lock Museum, Willenhall]

* Bletchley Park Trust, near Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. "Britain's Best Kept Secret" where codes were broken during World War II. See also the Academic Bletchley Park site, including: the German Enigma Cipher machine, the Lorenz Cipher machine and the rebuild of Colossus (with photographs).

Bloxham Village Museum, Oxfordshire. Local history museum.

Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. One of the world's largest floating collection of traditional canal craft.

Böd of Gremista Museum, Lerwick, Shetland. [Part of Shetland Museum Service]

* Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. See image catalogue of manuscripts, including a Java version with scrolling images, the shopping arcade and the Map Case of on-line historic maps in the Map Room.

Bolton Museum, Art Gallery and Aquarium, Lancashire. Houses collections which cover Egyptian Antiquities, British Art from 18th - 20th Century, zoology, botany, geology collections and an activity centre for school parties and children, as well as an aquarium.
[Responsible for: Hall i'th'Wood]

Bonington Gallery (The Future Factory), Nottingham. Venue for contemporary art, hosting touring exhibitions and local single artis shows. Emphasis on live performance and installation art.

* The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham. Based in a "French museum on British soil" with a collection of European fine art, decorative art and ceramics, English furniture, and textiles, as well as archaeological material and archives from County Durham and social history from Teeside.

Bramah's Museum of Tea and Coffee, Southwark, London. World's first museum devoted entirely to the history of tea and coffee.

Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria. The home of the, 19th century, poet, artist and critic - John Ruskin.

Bressingham Steam Museum, Diss, Norfolk. Military museum. Preserved narrow-guage railway, with traction engines, and a Victorian steam roundabout.

Bridewell Museum, Norwich. [Part of: Norfolk Museums Service]

Bristol Museums and Art Gallery. Collections of: applied art, archaeology, eastern art, ethnography, fine art, geology, industrial and maritime, natural history and social history.
[Responsible for: City Museum and Art Gallery ; Bristol Industrial Museum; The Georgian House; The Red Lodge; Blaise Castle House; Kings Weston Roman Villa]

British Commercial Vehicle Museum, Leyland, Lancashire. Transport museum.

British Engineerium, Hove, East Sussex. Museum of mechanical antiquities, based in a restored and working Victorian pumping station.

British Golf Museum, St Andrews, Scotland. Tells the story of British golf chronologically, exploring the events, personalities and equipment used throughout the ages.

British Lawnmower Museum, Southport, Merseyside. Garden machinery history.

* British Library, London. See Collections, Exhibitions and the Treasures, which includes the Magna Carta, viewable at various magnifications.

* British Museum, London. See: World Cultures, Compass on-line database and Children's Compass, Current Exhibitions and Education Department.

! British Schools Museum, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. "... a unique set of buildings that tell the story of elementary education in Britain from 1810 until 1945".

Brixham Heritage Museum, Devon. Local history museum, with on-line photographs, and information about maritime history and archaeology.

Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey. Transport museum. "The Birthplace of British Motorsport & Aviation" - the first purpose built motor racing circuit in the world.

Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth, West Yorkshire. The home of the early 19th century women novelists.

Brunel Engine House, London. Built between 1825 and 1843 by Sir Marc Isambard Brunel as part of the pioneering Thames Tunnel - the first underwater thoroughfare in the World.

* Buckinghamshire County Museum, Aylesbury. Includes the Museum Tour, the Roald Dahl Children's Gallery and on-line databases of 5,000 objects and over 12,000 photographs.

Building of Bath Museum, Somerset. Housed in the, 18th century, Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel. Tells the story of the creation of Georgian Bath.
[Part of: Bath Preservation Trust]

Bury Art Gallery and Museum, Greater Manchester. Victorian paintings, challenging contemporary art and scenes from Bury's past. Includes works by Constable and Turner

Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk. Promotes fine arts and crafts through a programme of changing exhibition and projects outside the Gallery, working in partnership with other organisations.

Bushey Museum and Art Gallery, Hertfordshire. Local history through collections of artefacts, documents, maps and works of art. Has a large collection (considered to be of national significance) of works, artefacts and ephemera relating to Sir Hubert von Herkomer RA and his famous School of Art.

Butser Ancient Farm, near Petersfield, Hampshire. A replica of the sort of farm which would have existed in the British Iron Age circa 300 BC. Also a large open air laboratory where research into the Iron Age and Roman periods goes on using the methods and materials which were available at that time.

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Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, Covent Garden, London. A museum of automata (mechanical sculpture).

Cadbury World, Bournville, Birmingham, West Midlands. Includes the Cadbury Collection, an exhibition on the history of Cadbury's chocolate and the village of Bournville.

! * Camborne School of Mines Virtual Museum. A virtual museum of the Cornubian Orefield, covering geology, mineralization, mining history, environmental impact, virtual field trips, etc. of Devon and Cornwall.

Cambridge and County Folk Museum. Based timber-framed building, the museum displays the everyday life of Cambridge people since 1700.

Cambridge Museum of Technology. Preserved Victorian pumping station and working museum on the River Cam.

Canterbury City Museums, Kent. Local history, archaeology, and military history. [Responsible for: In Canterbury: Heritage Museum, West Gate Museum, Roman Museum, Royal Museum and Art Gallery, Buffs Museum; In Herne Bay: Herne Bay Museum and Gallery; In Whitstable: Whitstable Museum and Gallery]

Carillon (49 Bells) War Memorial and Military Museum, Loughborough, Leicestershire

Carpetbagger Aviation Museum, Harrington, Northamptonshire

Castle Study Centre, Shirehall, Norwich, Norfolk.
[Part of: Norfolk Museums Service]

Catalyst, Widnes, Cheshire. The only museum in Europe solely devoted to the chemical industry.

Centre for the History of Defence Electronics (CHiDE), Bournemouth University, Dorset. Preserves and disseminates information about the developements in electronics particularly during the 1930s to 1950s.

Centre for the Study of Cartoons and Caricature, University of Canterbury, Kent. A research centre and picture library, based upon a unique archive of over 85,000 pieces of original cartoon artwork supported by a reference library of newspaper cuttings, books, catalogues, and AV materials. Includes a searchable database and an Andy Capp Exhibition.

Ceredigion Museum Service, Aberystwyth, Wales. Local history, archaeology, and folk life.
[Responsible for: In Aberystwyth - Ceredigion Museum, The Old Cottage; In Lampeter - in the County Library; also branches at New Quay Heritage Centre, Tregaron and at Llandysul]

Cecil Higgins Art Gallery and Museum, Bedford. Recreated Victorian mansion, original home of Cecil Higgins, a local brewer. Adjoining Gallery with important collection of ceramics, glass and watercolours.

Charleston, nr Lewes, East Sussex. The home and country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group. The interior was painted by Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, and houses their collection of post-impressionist art

Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, Gloucestershire. Local history.
[Responsible for: Holst Birthplace Museum]

* Chertsey Museum, Surrey. Thames valley archaeology. Runnymeade area social history, horology, fine and decorative art and British fashionable dress.

Chester Museums, Cheshire. Based in the Grosvenor Museum, with collections of archaeology, art and architecture, local history and natural history.

! Chichester District Museum, West Sussex. Local history museum.

Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire. Re-erected agricultural and other buildings.

Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford.

City of Edinburgh Museums and Galleries, Scotland. A range of venues relfecting the history and art of the capital of Scotland.
[Responsible for: City Art Centre; Writers' Museum; Queensferry Museum; Newhaven Museum; Museum of Childhood; The Museum of Edinburgh; The People's Story Museum; Lauriston Castle; Travelling Gallery]

City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Norfolk. Military aircraft collection.

Claymills Pumping Engines, Stretton, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire. A preserved Victorian pumping station.

! Cobham Bus Museum, Surrey. Transport museum, with the world's largest collection of ex-London Transport buses and coaches.

Colchester Museums, Essex. Collections of archaeology, natural history, clocks, etc.
[Responsible for: Colchester Castle Museum; Holytrees Museum; Natural History Museum; Tymperleys Clock Museum]

Cole Museum of Zoology, University of Reading, Berkshire.

Colour Museum, Bradford, West Yorkshire. Explores the concept of colour, how it is perceived and how it is used. Also looks at the story of dyeing and textile printing from ancient Egypt to the present day.

Computer Museum at Bletchley Park, near Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. A large collection of computing devices ranging from Colossus (the first computer) to the present day.

Congleton Museum, Cheshire. Local history museum.

Connections Discovery Centre, Exeter, Devon. Educational resource centre for schools and groups. Hands-on fun, real objects can be touch and try on, special displays and interpretive guides.
[Part of: Exeter City Museums]

Corinium Museum, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. "Has arguably the finest and most extensive collection of Romano-British material relating to a town and its hinterland in the world." Roman, but also has displays onCotswold history from Prehistory to the English Civil War. [Closed until Spring 2004]
[Part of: Cotswold Museum Service]

Costume and Textile Study Centre, Carrow House, Norwich, Norfolk.
[Part of: Norfolk Museums Service]

Cotswold Heritage Centre, Northleach, Gloucestershire. Permanent displays on Cotswold rural life, housed in a restored 18th century prison. Also has a range of temporary exhibitions and events, showing the work of contemporary local artists and craftspeople.
[Part of: Cotswold Museum Service]

Cotswold Woollen Weavers, Filkins, near Lechlade, Gloucestershire. Historic working weaving mill, museum/gallery and shop.

Courtauld Institute of Art, Courtauld Gallery, London. Collections of Old Master and Impressionist and Post Impressionist paintings, together with sculpture and applied arts

The Cowper and Newton Museum, Olney, Buckinghamshire. Presents Olney's heritage.

* Cornucopia. The on-line database of museum collections in the UK. Developed by Resource, it provides detailed descriptions of the collections of over 550 UK museums, with more being added over the coming year.

* Corporation of London Library and Art Gallery Electronic (COLLAGE). A computerised information system providing access to some 20,000 images from the combined collections of the Guildhall Library Print Room and the Guildhall Art Gallery. Reproductions can be purchased on-line.

Crabble Corn Mill, Dover, Kent. A working water mill, cafe and gallery.

Craigavon Museum Services, Co Armagh, Northern Ireland. A collection of research material and objects which illustrate the history and local heritage of the area.

Cranbrook and District Museum, Kent. Local history museum.

Creetown Gem Rock Museum, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Displays of crystals, minerals, fossils and gemstones.

Creswell Crags Museum and Education Centre, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire. Tells the story of human and animal survival in the harsh climate of the last Ice Age.

Cromer Museum. Collections on local history and landscape. [Part of: Norfolk Museums Service]

Croft House Museum, Dunrossness, Shetland. [Part of Shetland Museum Service]

Cumberland Pencil Museum, Keswick, Cumbria. A company museum featuring the history of pencil making.

Cumberland Toy and Model Museum , Cockermouth, Cumbria. A wide selection of mainly British toys from c1900 to the present.

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* Darwin Country. An educational resource for lifelong learning. Explore the natural and human history of part of the West Midlands of England and adjacent parts of Wales (broadly centered on Shrewsbury, the County Town of Shropshire) during the 18th and 19th Centuries.

De Havilland Heritage Museum (Mosquito Aircraft Museum), Salisbury Hill, Hertfordshire. Military aircraft collection.

Design Museum, London. "Concerned as much with the future as the past, a programme of highly acclaimed exhibitions capture the excitement of design evolution, ingenuity and inspiration through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries"

Dickens House Museum, London. One of the homes of the 19th century author Charles Dickens. Includes a virtual tour.

Dinosaur Museum, Dorchester, Dorset. Britain's only museum solely devoted to dinosaurs and their fascinating world.

Dock Museum, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. Local and industrial history museum with collection and displays based on the history of the Furness area, as well as the local shipbuilding and engineering works. A section is devoted to the Vickers Photographic Archive.

! Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. Local history museum with collections of: archaeology; natural history; and geology. Displays on Dorset writers, with Thomas Hardy's study, and one of the largest Thomas Hardy collections in the world. Run by Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society.

Dover Museum, Kent. Local history museum.

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London.

Dunaskin Open Air Museum, Ayrshire, Scotland. Large collection of industrial machinery, historic buildings, an ironworker's cottage, and a simulated coal mine

Durham University Oriental Museum, Durham. Only museum in UK devoted to the art and archaeology of the 'Orient' - the civilisations of Asia, the Near East, and the Islamic cultures of North Africa.

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The Earth Centre, Doncaster, South Yorkshire. A Millenium Project provide people with the opportunity to understand, explore, identify with and act on the idea of Sustainable Development.

Easdale Island Folk Museum, Scotland. Local history, especially the slate quarring industry.

East Lothian Museums, Scotland. With on-line exhibitions.
[Responsible for: North Berwick Museum, Dunbar Town House Museum, Prestongrange Museum]

East Surrey Museum, Caterham, Surrey. Local history museum.

* Eden Camp, Malton, North Yorkshire. World War II prisoner of war camp

Eden Valley Museum, Edenbridge, Kent. Local history museum.

Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments, Faculty of Music.

Edward Jenner Museum, Berkeley, Gloucestershire. Based in the former home of the pioneering, 18th century, immunologist.

Egypt Centre (formerly the Wellcome Museum of Antiquities), University of Wales, Swansea. Includes antiquities owned by Sir Henry Wellcome.

Ellenroad Engine House, Rochdale, Lancashire. The only surviving, complete working example of a genuine steam cotton-mill engine together with its original steam-raising plant.

Elmbridge Museum, Weybridge, Surrey. Local history museum.

Elgar Birthplace Museum, Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire. Collections relate to the life and work of the composer Sir Edward Elgar

Elgin Museum, Moray. Pictish stones, local fossils, archaeology, geology, natural history, social history and ethnography.

Elizabethan House Museum, Great Yarmouth. Late 16th century merchants's house, with period furnishings. [Part of: Norfolk Museums Service]

Embroiderers' Guild , Hampton Court Palace, Surrey. The Guild's museum has a collection of over 11,000 embroidered objects of national significance, gathered from around the world, and take many forms including costume, furnishings, decorative and non-functional textiles. A particular strength is the holding of embroidery worked in Britain from the 16th century to the present day.

Eturia Industrial Museum, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. [Part of: Museums of the Potteries].

Eureka!, Halifax, West Yorkshire. The Museum for Children.

Exeter City Museums, Devon.
[Responsible for: Royal Albert Memorial Museum, St Nicholas Priory, Underground Passages, Connections Discovery Centre]

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Falconer Museum, Forrres, Morray, Scotland. Local history museum.

Fan Museum, Greenwich, London. The only museum in the world devoted entirely to every aspect of fans and fan making.

Faringdon and District Museum, Oxfordshire.

Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey, Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire. Agricultural museum, and remains of a Norman abbey.

Finchcocks Living Museum of Music, Hammerwood Park house, near East Grinstead, Sussex. Collection of historical keyboard instruments set in a fine Georgian manor house.

The Fighter Collection, Duxford, Cambridgeshire. Military aircraft collection.

Fire and Police Museum (Sheffield), South Yorkshire. History of a local fire and police service.

Firepower! The Museum of Royal Regiment of Artillery, Woolwich, London. Military museum.

* Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge. Permanent collections include antiquities, applied arts, coins and paintings. See on-line shop.

Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, Somerset. Military museum. One of the world's largest aviation collections with over 40 historic aircraft on display including Concorde 002 (the British prototype).

Florence Nightingale Museum , London. Collections relating to the life and work of this 19th century pioneer of nursing and healthcare.

Ford Green Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. 17th to 18th centuries farmhouse. [Part of: Museums of the Potteries].

Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, Gloucestershire. Art in a forest setting.

Fox Talbot Museum, Chippenham, Wiltshire. Commemorates the life and work of William Henry Fox Talbot - known as The Father of Modern Photography.

Foxton Canal Museum and Inclined Plane Trust, Leicestershire. Industrial museum.

Freud Museum, London. The home of the founder of psychoanalysis

Frome Museum, Somerset. Collection of local artefacts and sources of information, ranging from costumes from the Horner family to glass negatives from Singers Art Metal works. It has a library, collection of historic maps and a range of local information leaflets and books.

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Gainsborough's House, Sudbury, Suffolk. Museum and art gallery at the birthplace of artist Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), with examples of his work and an exhibition programme

Galleries of Justice, Nottingham. Set in Victorian courthouse, with attached gaol (featuring real warders!), and hands-on exhibitions.

Geevor Tin Mine Heritage Centre, Pendeen, Cornwall. Industrial museum with guides, an underground tour, and displays of original machinery.

Geffrye Museum, London. English furniture and decorative arts in a chronological series of period rooms.

Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Working pottery. [Part of: Museums of the Potteries].

* Glasgow Museums, Scotland.
[Responsible for: The Burrell Collection; Fossil Grove; Gallery of Modern Art; Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum;Martyrs' School; McLellan Galleries; Museum of Transport; Open Museum Nitshill & Open Museum Resources; People's Palace; Pollok House; Provand's Lordship; Scotland Street School Museum; St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset. Traditionally the oldest above-ground Christian church in the world, with connections to King Arthur and the Holy Grail.

Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery. Collections of: archaeological finds, fine and decorative arts, and natural history.

Gloucester Folk Museum. Displays include local history, such as the Siege of Gloucester (1643), the Port of Gloucester, Severn fishing, farming and folklore; domestic life; crafts and industries.

Godalming Museum, Surrey. Local history, industry, geology, archeology.

Gordon Highlanders Museum, Aberdeen, Scotland. Military museum

Gosport Museum, Hampshire.
[Part of: Hampshire County Council Museums Service]

* Government Art Collection. Works of art from the Collection are displayed in British Government buildings both in the United Kingdom and around the world. Over 4000 works - about a third of the Collection - are now listed on this site.

Grantown Museum and Heritage Trust, Scotland. Brief news of a local museum.

Green's Mill, Nottingham. 19th century tower windmill in Sneinton, once owned and operated by George Green (1793-1841), a mathematical physicist and scientist.

Green Howards Regimental Museum, Richmond, North Yorkshire. Militaru museum.

Guernsey Museums and Galleries.
[Responsible for: St Peter Port - Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery, Castle Cornet; St Peter's - Fort Grey]

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Hackney Museum, London. Local history museum, with news of its education service, exhibitions, and behind the scenes.

Haig Colliery Mining Museum, Whitehaven, Cumbria. A restored deep coal mine, with two huge steam winding engines.

* Hampshire County Council Museums Service. Includes an on-line catalogue with searching, as well as a museums directory.
[Responsible for: Aldershot Military Museum; Allen Gallery, Alton; Andover Museum; Basing House, Basingstoke; Curtis Museum, Alton; Eastleigh Museum; Flora Twort Gallery, Petersfield; Gosport Museum; Havant Museum; Museum of the Iron Age, Andover; SEARCH, Gosport; Red House Museum and Gardens, Christchurch; Treadgolds of Portsea; Westbury Manor Museum, Fareham; Willis Museum, Basingstoke; Bursledon Windmill; St Barbe's Museum, Lymington]

Hatton Gallery, University of Newcastle. A varied programme of contemporary and historical art exhibitions, and permanent displays of African sculpture

! Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford, Somerset. Transport museum.

* Hayward Gallery, South Bank, London. Modern art, special exhibitions.

Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.

Henry Moore Foundation, Perry Green, Hertfordshire. Aimed at advancing "the education of the public by the promotion of their appreciation of the fine arts and in particular the works of Henry Moore". Includes exhibitions, research facilities and guided tours.
[Responsible for: Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, West Yorkshire]

Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, West Yorkshire. Devoted exclusively to sculpture in general, with a programme comprising Exhibitions, Collections and Research.
[Part of: Henry Moore Foundation, Perry Green, Hertfordshire]

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, Warwickshire. Local history museum, with collections of archaeology, natural history, social and industrial history and visual arts.
[Responsible for: Depot Studio; Lunt Roman Fort; St Mary's Guildhall]

Herschel Museum, Bath, Somerset. The home the 18th century astronomer William Herschell and his sister Caroline. The planet Uranus was discovered here in 1781.
[Part of: Bath Preservation Trust]

! Highland Museum of Childhood, Strathpeffer, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland. Telling the stroy of Hightland childhood with audio-visual presentations and displays, and collections of dolls, toys and costume.

Historic Royal Palaces.
[Information on: The Tower of London; Hampton Court Palace; The Banqueting House; Kew Palace; Kensington Palace]

Holbourne Museum and 20th Century Crafts Study Centre, Bath, Somerset. Fine art and decorative art collection.

Holst Birthplace Museum, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Based in a Regency terrace house where the well know music composer Gustav Holst was born in 1874.

* The Horniman Museum and Gardens, Forest Hill, London. Collections on world cultures (ethnography), natural history, and music.

Hornsea Museum, East Yorkshire. Folk museum sited in an 18th Century farmhouse, a local history that "is not a relic but a living entity, changing with time, to reflect the changing patterns of village life in North Holderness over the passing centuries."

House on the Hill Toy Museum, Stansted, Essex. The largest privately owned toy museum in Europe, with over 30,000 individual items.

Hovercraft Museum Trust, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire. Transport museum [visits by appointment only].

Howell Harris Museum, Coleg Trefeca, Brecon, Powys, Wales. "Shows aspects of the life of Howell Harris, whose conversion (1735) led to the founding of Welsh Methodism; also of the community, Teulu Trefeca, which he established here in 1752".

Hull Museums.
[Responsible for: Arctic Corsair (last of the Hull 'side-winder' fishing vessels); Ferens Art Gallery (collections and programme of exhibitions and events); Hands on History (curriculum resource centre); Hull and East Riding Museum (geology, archaeology and natural history of the area); Maritime Museum (the story of Hull's rich and colourful maritime history); Spurn Lightship; Streetlife Museum ('hands-on' approach tracing 200 years of transport history); Wilberforce House Museum (birthplace of the slavery abolitionist William Wilberforce, and social history displays)]

* Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow. Anatomical and pathological specimens. Art, coins, books, manuscripts, geology, zoology and ethnography.

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* Imperial War Museum, London. Also includes the Cabinet War Rooms, HMS Belfast and Imperial War Museum Duxford (including the American Air Museum in Britain).

! Internal Fire, Museum of Power, Tanygroes, Ceredigion, Wales. Industrial museum, dedicated to the history of the internal combustion engine.

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland. Local history museum. Collections include social history and archaeology

Ipswich Transport Museum, Suffolk.

* Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Telford, Shropshire. Birthplace of the industrial revolution. Including a virtual tour, and the Ironbridge Institute. UNESCO has designated the valley a World Heritage Site.
[Responsible for: The Iron Bridge & Tollhouse; Blists Hill Victorian Town; Museum of Iron & Darby Furnace; The Darby Houses; Museum of the Gorge; Coalport China Museum, Jackfield Tile Museum; Broseley Pipeworks, Clay Tobacco Pipe Museum; The Teddy Bear Shop]

Isle of Skye Toy Museum, Scotland.

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! Jane Austen Centre in Bath, Somerset. Tells the story of the author's Bath experience - the effect that living here had on her and her writing.

Jane Austen's House, Chawton, Hampshire. Where the early 19th century novelist lived and worked.

* Jersey Heritage Trust, Channel Islands. Collections relating to local history, archaeology, art, and natural science.
[Responsible for: The Jersey Museum, Hamptonne Country Life Museum, La Houge Bie, Mont Orgueil Castle, Elizabeth Castle, The Occupation Tapestry Gallery, The Maritime Museum, and the Jersey Archive]

The Jewish Museum, London. The history and religious life of the Jewish community in Britain and beyond. Based in two sites in Finchley and Camden.

John Bunyan Museum, Bedford. Aims to present the life, times and works of John Bunyan (the author of The Pilgrim's Progress) in an accessible and relevant manner.

John Paul Jones Cottage Museum, Kirkbean, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The re-created home of the "Father of the American Navy".

Jodrell Bank Science Centre, Macclesfield, Cheshire. Based at the Lovell Radio Telescope and the Jodrell Bank Observatory, the astronomy research centre of the University of Manchester. Has exhibition galleries, a 150-seater Planetarium and the extensive grounds and collections of the Arboretum.

Jorvik Viking Centre, York. See also the World of the Vikings.

Judge's Lodgings (Llety'r Barnwr), Presteinge, Powys, Wales. Restored historic rooms, local history, and education section.

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Kendal Museum, Cumbria. One of the country's oldest museums - founded in 1796. Its collections include local archaeology, history, geology, and natural science from around the world.

Kettle's Yard, Cambridge. Formerly the home of Jim Ede, a curator at the Tate Gallery. It houses his collection of fine and decorative art, mostly of the first half of the twentieth century, together with a temporary exhibition space.

Kew Bridge Steam Museum, Brentford, Middlesex. Industrial museum.

Kew Transport Museum, London.

* Kilmartin House Museum, Argyll. Centre for archaeology and landscape interpretation.

Kingston Museum, Kingston upon Thames. Holds a large collection of photographs by Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904).

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Lancashire Museums.
[Responsible for: The Museum of Lancashire, Preston; Fleetwood Museum; Lodgings Lancaster, Helmshore Textile Museeums, Rossendale; Queen Street Mill, Burnley; Gawthorpe Hall; Turton Tower, Bolton; Clitheroe Castle Museum; Ribchester Roman Bath Museum; Museum Service to Schools]

Lapworth Museum of Geology, University of Birmingham, West Midlands. Geology and fossils.

Leece Museum, Peel, Isle of Man. Local history museum.

* Leicester City Museums, Leicestershire. Museums with collections of Egyptology; natural history (including dinosaurs); fine art; paintings; sculpture; pre-historic, Roman and medieval artefacts and costume
[Responsible for: New Walk Museum; Jewry Wall Museum; Newarke Houses Museum; The Guildhall; Abbey Pumping Station; Belgrave Hall and Gardens; Wygston's House; The Great Hall of Leiceter Castle; The Magazine]

Leighton House Museum, London. The studio-home of the 19th century artist, Frederic, Lord Leighton.

Leighton-Linslade Virtual Museum. The creators "hope to preserve images relating to the history" of Leighton Buzzard and Linslade, Bedfordshire

Lichfield Heritage Centre, Staffordshire. Local history, including: treasury, historic documents and photographs.

Life in a Lens, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire. Dedicated to the history of popular photography, from its invention in 1839 to the end of the previous century.

Linley Sambourne House, London. Late 19th century townhouse, home to the cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne.

The Lion Salt Works, Marston, Northwich, Cheshire.

Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum, Lincoln. Local transport museum.

Liverpool Scottish Museum Trust, Merseyside. Military museum [limited access].

Llandudno Museum, Wales. Local history, archaeology. On-line database of all its collections.

! The Lock Museum, Willenhall, West Midlands. Industrial museum, located in a Victorian lockmaker’s house and workshops.
[Run by: Black Country Living Museum, Dudley]

London Canal Museum, King's Cross. Transport Museum

! London Motorcycle Museum, Greenford, Middlesex. Transport museum.

London's Transport Museum, Covent Garden. "Uncover the story of two hundred years of London and its public transport, the oldest in the world"

Lowewood Museum, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. Local history museum.

Lyme Regis Philpot Museum, Dorset. Local history museum, housed in building on the site where Mary Anning, the early 19th century fossil collector was born.

Lynn Museum, King's Lynn. Collections on local history, natural science, art and industry. [Part of: Norfolk Museums Service]

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Macclesfield Silk Museums, Cheshire. Local history, and especially the silk industry. Other collections include the work of well-known bird artist Charles Tunnicliffe, Egyptian antiquities, costumes, textiles and a photographic archive.
[Responsible for: Silk Museum, Paradise Mill, West Park Museum, The Heritage Centre ]

Madame Tussauds, London. Waxworks.

Maidstone Museum, Kent. Local history museum

* Magna Rotherham, South Yorkshire. The UK's first Science Adventure Centre, providing an exploration of Earth, Air, Fire and Water – "a chance for visitors to create their own adventure through hands-on interactive challenges".

Mallaig Heritage Centre, Inverness-shire, Scotland. Local history museum looking at the history and culture of the West Highlands of Scotland.

Malton Museum, North Yorkshire. Archaeology museum - Roman and medieval collections.

Manchester City Art Galleries. Paintings, sculpture, ceramics, silver, glass and furniture, especially by 19th and 20th century artists, including the Pre-Raphaelites.
[Responsible for: Manchester City Art Gallery; Wythenshawe Hall; Heaton Hall; Gallery of Costume]

Manchester Jewish Museum.

* The Manchester Museum. Botany, Mediterranean, ethnology, mammal and Egyptology galleries. See also Virtual Kahun, giving the chance to explore the pyramid builders town in virtual reality, 'handle' many of the artefacts excavated and to search the collections.

Manchester United Museum and Tour, Greater Manchester. Outlines the history of the football club from 1878 to the present day

! The Manor House Museum, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Collections of clocks and watches (horology), costume and textiles from the seventeenth century to the present day, and portrait paintings of national importance, housed in a Georgian town house.

* Manx National Heritage, Isle of Man. A multi-international award winning heritage service unique in Europe, combining the management and promotion of museums, monuments, natural sites and historic landscape.
[Includes: The Manx Museum; The House of Manannan; Peel Castle, St. Patrick's Isle; Castle Rushen; The Old Grammar School; The Nautical Museum; Rushen Abbey; Cregneash Folk Village; The Grove House & Gardens; The Great Laxey Wheel & Mines Trail; The Old House of Keys; The Camera Obscura]

Marischal Museum, University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Collections of Egyptian and Classical antiquities, non-Western ethnography, Scottish prehistory and numismatics.

* Mary Rose Maritime Museum, Portsmouth, Hampshire. Only 16th century warship on display in the world, from the time of King Henry VIII. Includes a Explore the Mary Rose and The Learning City educational resources.

Memorial Gallery, Yale College, Wrexham, Wales. Temporary and touring exhibitions, and events.

Midland Air Museum, Coventry Airport, Warwickshire.

Military Museum of Devon and Dorset, Dorchester, Dorset. Regimental Museum

Mill Meece Pumping Station, Coates Heath, Staffordshire. Early 20th century steam-powered water pumping station.

Milton Keynes Museum, Buckinghamshire. Local history museum with collections strong in agriculture and industry and also those connected with domestic life and local commerce.

Montfitchet Castle, Stansted, Essex. Recreation of a Norman castle on the original site.

Moray Council Museums Service, Scotland.
[Responsible for: The Anson Gallery, Buckie; Burghead Museum; In Forres - The Falconer Museum, and Nelson Tower; Tomintoul Museum; Tugnet Ice House, Spey Bay

Motherwell Heritage Centre, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. Presents an interactive journey through the loacl history from Victorian to the present day.

! Moyse's Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Archaeology and local history, in a building originally built in the 12th century. Also houses the Suffolk Regiment Museum Collection.

Museum in Docklands, London. Indutrial museum, based in a late Georgian warehouse. Looks at the story of London's River, Port and people, from Roman settlement of the port, through to the recent regeneration of London's former Docklands.

Museum nan Eilean, Western Isles, Scotland. Local history museums in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, and Sgoil Lionacleit, Isle of Benbecula.

* Museum of Antiquities, Newcastle upon Tyne. Archaeology in north east England. Includes a Flints and Stones exhibition, with an interactive hunter gatherer food quiz.

* Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Fully searchable catalogue of all the collection (750,00 objects, 100,00 photographs and 25,000 documentary archive).

Museum of Army Transport, Beverley, East Yorkshire. Military museum.

Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Woodley, near Reading.

* Museum of British Road Transport, Coventry, Warwickshire.

Museum of Classical Archaeology, University of Cambridge. Includes a cast collection.

Museum of Costume and Assembly Rooms, Bath, Somerset

Museum of Costume, New Abbey, Scotland. A Victorian country house containing costume from the 1850s to the 1950s displayed in period room settings.
[Part of: National Museums of Scotland]

Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk.

Museum of English Rural Life, Reading, Berkshire. Part of the Rural History Centre - "A national centre in England for the study of the history of farming, food and the countryside". On-line catalogue, photograph collection and archive.

Museum of Farnham, Surrey. Local history museum situated in a Georgian town house dating from 1718. Collections include: material on William Cobbett, Waverley Abbey, photograph collection, newpapers. Also schools collection, special exhibitions, library and shop.

Museum of Flight, North Berwick, Scotland. "Discover the story of man's ambition to take to the skies".
[Part of: National Museums of Scotland

Museum of Garden History, St Mary-at-Lambeth Church, Lambeth Palace, London.

Museum of Hatting - The Hatworks, Stockport, Greater Manchester. The UK's first and only museum dedicated to the world of hats and hat making

Museum of Installation, London. An artist led organisation dedicated to the research, production and dissemination of installation art.

Museum of Islay Life, Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay, Scotland. Local history museum.

Museum of Lakeland Life , Kendal, Cumbria. Local history with collections on: the Arts and Crafts movement; Swallows and Amazons, the book by Arthur Ransome; and the social history of Lakeland Victorians.

Museum of Modern Art Oxford. Has established an international reputation for the high quality of its pioneering exhibition programme, which covers twentieth century painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, architecture, design and performance from all over the world.

* Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. Collections record and tell the story of the industry, science and people of the Manchester area. includes: aviation, computing, electricity and gas, engineering, photography, printing, science, textiles, rail and road transport and Manchester's water supply.

* Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford. See special exhibitions and an image library.

* Museum of London. The largest, most comprehensive city museum in the world, telling the fascinating story of London from prehistoric times to the present day.

Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh. The history of Scotland from its geological beginnings to the twentieth century.
[Part of: National Museums of Scotland

Museum of Scottish Country Life, East Kilbride, Scotland. "The story of how Scots have worked the land through the ages".
[Part of: National Museums of Scotland

The Museum of Submarine Telegraphy, Porthcurno, Cornwall.

* Museums of the Potteries, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.
[Responsible for: The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery; The Gladstone Pottery Museum; Etruria Industrial Museum and Ford Green Hall].

Museums of The Royal College of Surgeons, London.
[Responsible for: Hunterian Museum; Odontological Museum, Wellcome Museum of Anatomy; Wellcome Museum of Pathology].

Museum of the Welsh Woollen Industry, Dre-fach Felindre. [Part of National Museums & Galleries of Wales].

Museum of Transport, Manchester. The biggest collection of restored vintage buses and coaches in the United Kingdom, with associated objects and archives.

Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagen's, Cardiff. Re-erected buildings and social history. [Part of National Museums & Galleries of Wales].

Museums of the Royal Regiment of Wales. Military Museums
[Responsible for: South Wales Borderers Museum , Brecon; Welch Regiment Museum, Cardiff].

Mythstories, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Museum of myth and fable.

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! Nantwich Museum, Cheshire. Local history museum, featuring salt making, leather and clothing trade, and clockmaking.

Narrow Gauge Railway Museum, Tywyn, Gwynedd, Wales. [Closed until summer 2004]

National Army Museum, Chelsea, London.

National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne. Millennium Project - under construction.

National Coal Mining Museum for England, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Industrial museum

National Football Musuem, Preston, Lancashire. Sports museum, covering a journey through football's history, and a themed, hands-on exhibition, examining different facets within the world of football.

* National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh. Home to great national collection of European painting, sculpture and graphic art from the Renaissance to the present day.
[Responsible for: National Gallery of Scotland; Scottish National Portrait Gallery; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Dean Gallery: Paolozzi Gift; Duff House, Banff; Paxton House, nr Berwick-upon-Tweed]

* The National Gallery, London. Collection of Western European paintings (1260-1900). See also Exhibitions and The Micro Gallery (off-line).

* National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh. On-line catalogues and other resources, a digital library (including The First Scottish Books), and an exhibition - Churchill: The Evidence.

* National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. Includes on-line exhibitions and searchable databases

* National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Includes: Search Station an exciting initiative to make the collections more accessible to the public, by allowing their enjoyment and study through thematically arranged highlights.
[Responsible for: Royal Observatory, Greenwich]]

National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, West Midlands. Transport Museum.

* National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire.

National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff. [Part of National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Cardiff].

* National Museums Liverpool, Merseyside.
[Responsible for: The Conservation Centre; Liverpool Museum; Merseyside Maritime Museum; HM Customs & Excise National Museum; Museum of Liverpool Life; Walker Art Gallery; Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight; Sudley House].

* National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Cardiff. (In English and Welsh).
[Responsible for: National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff; Roman Legionary Museum, Caerleon; Big Pit - National Mining Museum of Wales, Blaenafon; Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagen's, Cardiff; Welsh Slate Museum, Llanberis; Museum of the Welsh Woollen Industry, Dre-fach Felindre; Segontium Roman Museum, Caernarfon; Turner House Gallery, Penarth].

National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford, West Yorkshire. [Part of the National Museum of Science and Industry].

* National Museum of Science and Industry.
[Responsible for: Science Museum, London; National Railway Museum, York; and, National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford.]

* National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh. "Presenting Scotland to the World and the World to Scotland"
[Responsible for: Royal Museum; Museum of Scotland; Museum of Flight, North Berwick; Museum of Scottish Country Life, East Kilbride; National War Museum of Scotland ; Museum of Costume, New Abbey]

* National Portrait Gallery, London. See information on the permanent collection.

National Railway Museum, York. [Part of the National Museum of Science and Industry].

* Natural History Museum, London. The first UK museum with its own Web server. Includes: Natural History Portal, Museum Science, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Picture Library Online, Interactive Online Exhibitions, QUEST II and Earth lab datasite.
[Responsible for Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum, Tring, Hertfordshire].

National Space Centre, Leicester. The UK's largest attraction dedicated to space science and astronomy.

* National Tramway Museum, Crich, Derbyshire. Includes a searchable database of 2,500 photographic images

National War Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh. Miltary museum - "Scotland's national collections for the armed services".
[Part of: National Museums of Scotland

National Waterways Museum, Gloucester. Tells the 200 year story of Britain's canals through the 'National Collection' of historic waterway vessels.

Nature in Art, Trigworth, Gloucestershire. The world's first museum exclusively to art inspired by nature, set in a Georgian mansion

New Art Gallery Walsall, West Midlands.
[Part of: Walsall Museums Service]

* Norfolk Museums Service.
[Responsible for: In Norwich - Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery; Castle Study Centre, Shirehall; Bridewell Museum; Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum; St Peter Hungate Museum; Stranger's Hall Museum; Costume and Textile Study Centre, Carrow House;
In Great Yarmouth - Elizabethan House Museum; Tollhouse Museum; Tower Curing Works Museum;
In King's Lynn - Lynn Museum; Town House Museum of Lynn Life;
Roots of Norfolk at Gressenhall; Cromer Museum; Thetford Ancient House Museum]

North Somerset Museum Service, Weston-super-Mare. Over 70,000 items covering the human and natural history of the District from pre-history to the present day. The collections are made up of social history, local history, natural history & geology, and archaeology.

North West Film Archive, Manchester Metropolitan University. The Archive cares for over 24,000 items from the pioneer days of film in the mid 1890s to video production of the present day. The work of both the professional and the amateur is collected. The Site has a searchable on-line catalogue

* Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norfolk. Collections of archaeology, natural history, art and social history.
[Part of: Norfolk Museums Service]

Nothe Fort and Museum of Coast Defence, Weymouth, Dorset. Military museum.

No 1 Royal Crescent Museum, Bath, Somerset. Restored 18th century house in the palladian style.
[Part of: Bath Preservation Trust]

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Oakwell Hall, Batley, West Yorkshire. A 16th century manor house and surrounding 110 acres of country park.

Old Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology, Durham.

Old Operating Theatre, Museum and Herb Garret, London. Displays the history of herbal medicine, surgery, nursing at Old St. Thomas's (the original home of Florence Nightingale's Nursing School) and Guy's and the Evelina Children's hospitals.

Ordsall Hall Museum, Salford, Greater Manchester. Family home of the Radclyffes.

* Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Collections of: 3 million insects and several thousand spiders; over 500,000 fossil specimens; c30,000 minerals and 50,000 rocks; 200,000 zoological specimens. Housed in a Victorian neo-Gothic building.

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Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, West Sussex. Modern art based in a Queen Anne house with appropriate furnishings.

Papplewick Pumping Station, Nottinghamshire. A preserved Victorian water pumping station.

Past Impressions On-line Museum, Portsmouth, Hampshire. On-line cultural exhibitions and gallery space.

Path Head Water Mill, Blaydon, Tyne and Wear.

Pendon Museum of Miniature Landscape and Transport, Long Wittenham, Oxfordshire.

Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Penzance, Cornwall. Collections of archaeology, costumes and textiles, decorative art, fine art, photography, social history, and local history.

People's History Museum, Manchester. The national centre for the collection, conservation, interpretation and study of material relating to the history of working people in Britain.

Peter Scott Gallery, University of Lancaster. Temporary art exhibitions, and permanent displays of fine arts, contemporary ceramics and Royal Lancastrian Pottery.

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Collections of about 80,000 objects, making it one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. Based around the collection of William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1853-1942)

* Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. Anthropology and Ethnography.

The Police Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Virtual museum.

! Pollocks Toy Museum, London. Pollock's are famous for Victorian toy theatres.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard at the Historic Dockyard, Hampshire. Includes: Mary Rose (Tudor warship); HMS Victory (Nelson's flagship); HMS Warrior (1860 ironclad warship); Royal Naval Museum; and Dockyard Apprentice (hands-on exhibition about building a warship).

* The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. The world's finest collection of Staffordshire ceramics. [Part of: Museums of the Potteries].

Prickwillow Drainage Engine Museum, Cambridgeshire. "A unique collection of oil-burning engines saved from destruction and restored to working order by a dedicated band of enthusiasts."

* Public Record Office, Kew, London. The repository of the national archives for England, Wales and the United Kingdom. The records, beginning with Domesday Book (1086), span an unbroken period from the 11th century to the present. Site includes on-line catalogues, and a very large education section (with source material for school students, and supporting the National Grid for Learning).

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), Belfast. The official place of deposit for public records in Northern Ireland.

 

 

 

 

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The Quaker Tapestry, Kendal, Cumbria. On display in an historic Friends Meeting house.

* Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Cheshire. A leading museum of the Industrial Revolution and a working cotton mill set in the original buildings dating back to 1784.

The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment Museum, Guildford. Military museum

Maidstone Museum, Kent. Local history museum

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RAF Signals Museum, Henlow, Bedfordshire. Military museum.

Ragged School Museum, London. Re-created classroom of the Victorian period, and displays on local history, industry and life in the East End of London.

Ramsey Rural Museum, Cambridgeshire. Holds a collection of artifacts from the Fenland area of Cambridgeshire, particularly Ramsey and surrounding area. Primarily agricultural, the museum also contains many items of interest which give a clear picture of the history of the town.

Reading Museum, Berkshire. Replica of the Bayeux Tapestry, history of Reading, Roman artifacts, etc.

The Regency Town House, Hove, East Sussex. Museum and Heritage Centre covering British life between the 1780s and 1850s, especially the history of the Brighton area.

REME Museum of Technology (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers), Arborfield, near Reading, Berkshire.

Renishaw Stables Museum and Art Gallery, Derbyshire. Based on the life of the Sitwells, the famous 20th century literary and artistic family. Also includes Performing Arts Gallery with costumes, sketches and photographs from film and theatre productions.

Ribchester Roman Museum, Lancashire. Dedicated to the Romano-British history of Bremetenacum Veteranorum.

Richard III Museum, York. Housed in the medieval Monk Bar gatehouse, offers a look at the Richard III controversy. Its major exhibition is a reconstructed trial of King Richard.

Ripon Law and Order Museums, North Yorkshire. Museums of the history of the local police force, and the operation of the Victorian Poor Law (based in the former workhouse)
[Includes: Prison and Police Museum; Museum of the Yorkshire Poor Law]

* River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Galleries devoted to the River Thames, the international sport of rowing and the town of Henley.

Roman Baths Museum and Pump Room, Bath, Somerset.

Roman Legionary Museum, Caerleon. [Part of National Museums & Galleries of Wales].

Roots of Norfolk at Gressenhall. Agricultural history museum and traditional working farm.
[Part of: Norfolk Museums Service]

Rose Theatre, London. Uses the latest digital technology to present the history this Elizabethan theatre. See also the University of Reading site.

* Royal Academy of Arts, London. Permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions.

Royal Academy of Music: York Gate Collections, London. Displays of the many fine items from the Academy's collections, including a large collection of Cremonese stringed instruments. Other exhibits include musical memorabilia and original manuscripts.

* Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, London.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, Devon. Antiquities, ethnography, natural history, fine art, decorative arts.
[Part of: Exeter City Museums]

* Royal Armouries, with museums in: Leeds, West Yorkshire; Fort Nelson, Fareham, Hampshire; and the Tower of London.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. Information about the collections, and searchable databases.

* The Royal Collection. A distributed collection, mainly in royal palaces, formed by the Royal family, including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. See also: The Queen's Gallery, Balmoral Castle, Sandringham House, the Historic Royal Palaces and the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London.

Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro. The history of Cornwall from the Stone Age to the present day, as well as the natural history of Cornwall, a world famous collection of minerals, a pre-eminent collection of ceramics, and a changing display of fine and decorative art.

Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire (Salisbury) Museum, Salisbury, Wiltshire. Military museum, located in the Cathedral Close. Housing the collections and archives of the Royal Berkshire, the Wiltshire and the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiments. Includes search facilities to 13 World War I war diaries and an image database of over 2,000 objects, including 1,200.

Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, Essex. The evolution of explosives and the development of the Mills through interactive and traditional exhibitions and displays.

Royal Museum, Edinburgh. The history of Scotland from its geological beginnings to the twentieth century.
[Part of: National Museums of Scotland

Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth, Hampshire. Military museum, with collections of manuscripts, artefacts, photographs, oral history, sound recordings, paintings and prints relating to the history of the Royal Navy.

Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, Hampshire. Military museum featuring the Submarine Service, includes a real submarine

Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum, Norwich. Military museum. [Part of: Norfolk Museums Service]

* Royal Observatory, Greenwich, London. Home of the Prime Meridian of the world.
[Part of: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich]

Royal Photographic Society, Bath, Somerset. World-renowned collection of 19th century photographs, equipment, books and journals

Royal Signals Museum, Blandford Camp, Dorset. Military museum

Royal Society of British Sculptors (RBS) Gallery, London. Includes on-line gallery or members works.

Royal Tennis Courts and Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey

Ruddington Framework Knitters' Museum, Nottinghamshire. A unique complex of listed frameshops, cottages, and outbuildings, together with a chapel. Shows the working and living conditions of the framework knitters during the 19th century.

Rural Life Centre Old Kiln Museum, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey. 150 years of farming.

Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth, Dorset. Housed in late 19th century building, with especially strong collections of British and Japanese art.

Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire. Open air museum with reconstructed historic buildings and collections on agriculture, trades, and crafts.

! Ryhope Engines Museum, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. Industrial museum based in a former water-pumping station.

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Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk.

* Sainsbury's Virtual Museum. Contains a wealth of material, including photographic and documentary sources on shopping for the period 1869 to 1900. It is designed to help teachers use the internet to support the teaching of the following elements of the UK History National Curriculum

St Albans Museums, Hertfordshire. Local museum service with collections of archaeology (particularly from the Roman and medieval town), social history, natural science, the Salaman Collection of trade tools, and an image library.
[Responsible for: Museum of St Albans; Verulamium Museum]

St Barbe Museum, Lymington, Hampshire. Local history and arts museum.

St Helens Transport Museum, Merseyside. Transport museum with an unrivalled collection of historic buses, coaches, trams, cars and lorries

St Peter Hungate Church Museum, Norwich. Collections of religious art and craftmanship. [Part of: Norfolk Museums Service]

Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Greater Manchester. Local history museum.

Satrosphere, Aberdeen, Scotland. An interactive exhibition of science and technology, the first one in Scotland.

Savings Bank Museum, Ruthwell, Dumfries, Scotland. Traces the life of Rev Henry Duncan who opened the world's first savings bank based on business principles in 1810. Also houses an important archive of nineteenth century banking, social and family history.

* Science Museum, London. See collections, exhibitions (including : Hands on Science and Exhiblets), and the new Wellcome Wing. [Part of the National Museum of Science and Industry].

Scotland's Secret Bunker, near St Andrews. "Scotland's best kept secret!" - 24,000 square feet, 100 feet underground complex, used as the government's underground nuclear command bunker during Cold War.

Scott Polar Research Institute Archives and Museum, University of Cambridge. A collection of artifacts, paintings, drawings, photographs, and other material associated with the exploration and scientific study of the Arctic and Antarctic.

Scottish Football Museum, Glasgow. History of football in Scotland.

Seaford Museum and Heritage Society, East Sussex. Housed in a Napoleonic Martello tower. Local history with displays including: shops, tableaux and material from pre-historic times to the present day.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge. Includes material from the collections of Charles Darwin.

Segontium Roman Museum, Caernafon. [Part of National Museums & Galleries of Wales].

Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport, Cumbria. "Contains the largest grouping of Roman military altar stones and inscriptions from any site in Britain and unique examples of Celtic religious sculpture".

* Shakespeare and the Globe. An award-wining on-line exhibit from Renaissance Text Centre, and the Department of English, University of Reading. Includes information on the original and reconstructed theatre.

* Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. Aims to promote appreciation of Shakespeare's works, with educational activities at all levels. Maintains the five houses directly connected with the dramatist and his family, and has a museum and library of books, manuscripts and records of local historic interest.

Shardlow Heritage Centre, Derbyshire. Local history of an 18th century canal transhipment port.

Sheffield Bus Museum, South Yorkshire. Local transport museum.

Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust , South Yorkshire. Operates three important museums dedicated to the industrial and social history of Sheffield - "City of Steel".
[Responsible for: Kelham Island Museum, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, and Shepherd Wheel]

Shefton Museum of Greek Art and Archaeology, Department of Classics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Sherlock Holmes Museum, London

Shetland Museum, Lerwick. [Part of Shetland Museum Service]

! *Show Me. The children's section of the 24 Hour Museum. Showcases all of the great interactive content being created by UK museums and galleries for children. Although designed to appeal to children the site has also been re-organised to display content by theme - which means content can be searched for quickly and easily by teachers.

Shrewsbury Museums Service, Shropshire.
[Responsible for: Rowley's House, Shrewsbury Castle, Coleham Pumping Station and Clive House]

Shropshire County Museum Service. Collection areas: agriculture, archaeology, biology, environmental, ethnographic, fine & decorative art, geology, and social history. Also has news on the education, conservation, and outreach services.
[Responsible for: Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, Ludlow Museum, and Much Wenlock Museum]

Sir Henry Jones Museum, Llangerrnyw, Wales. The childhood home of Sir Henry Jones (1852-1922) who, from humble origins, became an eminent Professor of Moral Philosophy at Glasgow University and a major influence on the education system in Wales.

Sir John Soane's Museum, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London. House and museum of Sir John Soane, R.A., architect (1753-1837).

Smithills Hall, Bolton, Lancashire. Historical building dating back over 800 years.

Somerset County Museums Service. Local museum service with collections of geology, natural history, archaeology, ceramics, textiles and social history.
[Responsible for: Somerset Brick and Tile Museum, East Quay Bridgwater; Somerset County Museum, Taunton Castle; Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury ]

* Southampton City Cultural Services, Hampshire. Nationally important archaeology collections, and information about RMS Titanic.
[Responsible for: Tudor House Musem, Southamption Maritime Museum, Museum of Archaeology, and Southampton City Art Gallery]

Southwold Museum, Suffolk. Local history museum, based in 17th century cottages.

! Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum, Manston, Kent. Military aircraft museum.

Spode Museum, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Oldest English pottery, ceramics, bone china, earthenware.

* Staffordshire Past Track. A prototype website featuring a searchable archive of resources (limited to Stafford District). Also on-line exhibitions on: A Thousand Years of Staffordshire Churches, Celebrations, In Loving Memory, William Palmer, Coal Mining in North Staffordshire, and Birth Rights.

Stained Glass Museum, Ely, Cambridgeshire. Based in the cathedral, and dedicated to the promotion, preservation and appreciation of stained glass in Britain

Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham, Berkshire. The only gallery in Britain devoted exclusively to an artist in the village where he was born and spent most of his working life.

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon, Wiltshire. Transport museum.

! Stevenage Museum, Hertfordshire. Local history museum - "The story of the people of Stevenage".

Stockwood Craft Museum, Luton, Bedfordshire. Displays of Bedfordshire rural life, crafts and trades, with regular trade demonstrations. Also has the The Mossman collection of horse-drawn vehicles.

Storey Gallery, Lancaster. Art gallery. The largest single exhibition space in the North West of England.

Stranger's Hall Museum, Norwich. Social history collections. [Part of: Norfolk Museums Service]

* Sussex Past. The website for the Sussex Archaeological Society. See also educational site: Romans in Sussex.
[Responsible for: Fishbourne Roman Palace and Museum, Chichester; Lewis Castle and Barbican House Museum; Anne of Cleves House, Lewes; Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker; Marlipins Museum, Shoreham-by-Sea; The Priest House, West Hoathly ]

Swaledale Folk Museum, Reeth, near Richmond, North Yorkshire. Stone walls, village life, lead mining, sheep and cattle farming, etc.

Swansea Heritage Net, Wales. A digitising project designed to aid access to the material evidence held in trust by Swansea Museum Service.

Swansea Museums and Art Galleries, Wales.
[Responsible for: Swansea Museum; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery; Swansea Maritime and Industrial Museum]

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Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre, Lochmaddy, North Uist, Western Isles, Scotland. Local history museum and art collections.

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Chichester, West Sussex. Exhibits depicting 70 years of military aviation in Sussex, with special emphasis on the RAF at Tangmere and the air war over southern England from 1939 to 1945.

* The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset.

* Tate - Houses the national collection of British art from the sixteenth century to the present day, including the Turner Bequest, and the national collection of international modern art. Includes as searchable database of 25,000 works and 12,000 images. Made up of :

Tate Britain, London - The national gallery of British art from 1500 to the present day;

Tate Modern, London - A major new gallery of modern and contemporary art;

Tate Liverpool, Merseyside - The largest modern art gallery in the UK outside London;

Tate St Ives, Cornwall - modern British art in a spectacular coastal setting.

Techniquest, Cardiff. An hand-on science discovery centre with special programmes for schoolchildren link to different stages of the National Curriculum.

Tees Cottage Pumping Station, Darlington, Teeside. Victorian waterworks, with steam engines.

Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, Wales. Local history museum with collections of archaeology, geology, the natural, maritime and social history. Art by Augustus John, Gwen John, Nina Hamnet, E.J. Head and other local artists.

* Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds, West Yorkshire. Based in a Union Workhouse of 1861, the collection has 30,000 items that span the whole history of medicine.

* Theatre Museum, Covent Garden, London. Britain's "National Museum of the Performing Arts". In the heart of London's theatreland, with the world's largest and most important collections relating to the British stage.
[Part of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)].

Thetford Ancient House Museum. Early Tudor building with local history, industry and natural science displays. [Part of: Norfolk Museums Service]

Thinktank, Birmingham. Museum of science and industry that "not only explores the impact of science and technology in our daily lives but promotes the region's significant scientific contribution and provides an opportunity for genuine dialogue about science and the issues that affect us all".

Thornbury Museum, Gloucestershire. Local history museum.

Tiverton Museum, Devon. Local history museum.

Tollhouse Museum and Brass Rubbing Centre, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Medieval building, used as prison in 19th century. Local history collections. [Part of: Norfolk Museums Service]

Tower Curing Works Museum, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. [Opens 2004]. [Part of: Norfolk Museums Service]

Tom Brown's School Museum, Uffington, Oxfordshire. Includes the White Horse and Sir John Betjeman.

Town House Museum of Lynn Life, King's Lynn. Furniture and domestic life from medieval period to 20th century. [Part of: Norfolk Museums Service]

Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museums, Burnley, Lancashire. A country house museum, set in parkland. Includes a Natural History Centre and a Museum of Local Crafts.

The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft, Doncaster South Yorkshire. Transport museum.

Trowbridge Museum, Wiltshire. Local history museum, including the story of the town's once dominant woollen cloth industry, its people and businesses.

* Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, Cumbria. Collections of fine and decorative art, human history and natural sciences.
[Responsible for: Guildhall Museum]

Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery, Kent. Displays of Tunbridge ware, local history, dolls and toys, natural history, and frquently changing exhibitions of art and craft.

Turner House Gallery, Penarth. [Part of National Museums & Galleries of Wales].

Tutankhamun Exhibition, Dorchester, Dorset. The Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankamun's tomb, treasures and mummy are recreated in a permanent exhibition.

* Tyne & Wear Museums, Newcastle. A major, regional museum and art gallery service.
[Responsible for: Gateshead - Shipley Art Gallery; Newcastle - Discovery Museum, Hancock Museum, Laing Art Gallery; North Tyneside - Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum, Stephenson Railway Museum;South Tyneside: Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum, South Shields Museum & Art Gallery;Sunderland: Monkwearmouth Station Museum; Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. ]

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Ulster-American Folk Park, Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. An outdoor museum which tells the story of emigration from Ulster to America in the 18th and 19th centuries. Includes an interactive map

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Holywood, Northern Ireland. Reconstructed buildings. Includes exhibition on Titanic ocean liner.

Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Collections ranging from local material to historic collections of worldwide interest.
[Part of National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland]

* University College London Collections. The portal site for UCL's various collections: Science; Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy; Institute of Archaeology; Geological Sciences; Art; Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.

University Gallery Leeds, University Library, West Yorkshire.

University of Bristol Theatre Collection. Dedicated to the study of British theatre history, with collections of original documents, photographs and artefacts from theatres, actors, designers.

University of Essex, Collection of Latin American Art, Colchester, Essex. "The only specialist public collection of modern Latin American art in Europe."

University Museum of Zoology Cambridge. Part of the Department of Zoology, it houses an extensive collection of scientifically important zoological material Designated as being of outstanding national and international significance.

Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, University of Reading, Berkshire.

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Vale and Downland Museum, Wantage, Oxfordshire.

Vestry House Museum, Walthamstow, London. Local history museum, with galleries on domestic life, industry, costume and leisure in the Waltham Forest area. Housed in an early 18th century house.

* Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London. The largest museum of the decorative arts in the world.
[Responsible for the Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood, the Theatre Museum, and Apsley House, The Wellington Museum. See also the National Art Library].

Vintage Carriages Trust, Ingrow, Keighley, West Yorkshire. Transport museum with a collection historic railway carriages, small steam locomotives, rail tank wagons, railway posters and other railway relics. Includes database of over 3,800 railway carriages with over 3,00 images.

Violette Szabo GC Museum, Wormelow, Herefordshire. Tells the story of the World War II British secret agent.

* Virtual Museum of Computing. A completely virtual collection of exhibits on the history of computers, etc.

Virtual Museum of the Iron Lung. A resource centre relating specifically to the iron lung and generally to polio, post-polio and artificial ventilation.

Virtual Valve Museum. An on-line presentation of the personal collection of Jeremy Harmer. There are over 900 exhibits.

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Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire. French Renaissance-style château was built at the end of the last century for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his vast collection of 18th Century art treasure.

* The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, London. Paintings (especially French 18th century), miniatures, decorative arts, arms and armour.

Wallingford Museum, Oxfordshire.

Walsall Museums Service, West Midlands.
[Includes: Willenhall Museum; Birchills Canal Museum; Jerome K. Jerome Birthplace Museum; Walsall Inside Out; Walsall Leather Museum; New Art Gallery Walsall]

Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum, Tring, Hertfordshire. [Part of the Natural History Museum, London].

Wandsworth Museum, London. "The history of Wandsworth from prehistoric times to the present day".

Warrington City Museum and Art Gallery, Cheshire. Local history museum, with collections of: natural sciences; antiquities; social history; numismatics; ethnology; fine and decorative arts. See also the Warrington Digital Image Archive for collections of on-line images from the museum, library and archives collections.

Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey. The memorial gallery to George Frederic Watts, the Victorian artist and sculptor.

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester, West Sussex. A unique collection of over 40 domestice and agricultural buildings dating from the 13th to the 19th century.

Wellington Aviation Museum, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. Military museum.

Welsh Industrial & Maritime Collections, Cardiff. [Part of National Museums & Galleries of Wales].

Welsh Slate Museum, Llanberis. Industrial Museum. [Part of National Museums & Galleries of Wales].

Westonzoyland Pumping Station Museum, Somerset. Large collection of stationary steam engines and land drainage items.

Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum, near St Austell, Cornwall. Heritage centre.

Whipple Museum of the History of Science, University of Cambridge. Collections include: scientific instruments, apparatus, models, pictures, prints, photographs, books, and other material from the medieval period to the present day.

Whitby Museum, North Yorkshire, Local history, geology and archaeology museum

Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. Temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.

Whitstable Museum and Gallery, Kent. Local history museum. Themes on the coastal community and seafaring traditions, with special features on oysters, diving and shipping.[Part of Canterbury City Museums]

* Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester. Watercolours, drawings, textiles, prints, wallpapers, modern art. Includes a collections database.

Wigan Pier Experience, Lancashire. Local history presentations and Mill & Engine House. Also houses Opie's Museum of Memories which holds a large part of the Robert Opie Collection - the world's largest collection of British advertising imagery, with over 500,000 items.

William Morris Gallery, Waltham Forest, London.

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, London. "Offers a glimpse of how the gentle game of Lawn Tennis, once all the rage on the lawns of Victorian England and with origins that go far back to medieval Royal Tennis, has become a multi-million dollar professional sport, played all over the world."

Wimbledon Windmill Museum, London. Agricultural industry museum, with models and tools.

Windermere Steamboat Museum, Cumbria.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery, West Midlands. See collections of contemporary, Pop, mid 20th century and Victorian art.

* The Wordsworth Museum, Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria. Maintained by the Wordsworth Trust.

The World of Glass, St.Helens, Merseyside. Celebrates the past, present and future of glass and the glass industry.

Wycombe Museum, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Local history, especially the furniture industry, with a renowned collection of Windsor chairs. The grounds also house the British Regional Furniture Study Centre.

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* York Museums Trust.
[Responsible for: York Art Gallery, York St Mary's, York Castle Museum, and Yorkshire Museum & Gardens]

The York Dungeon, York. Museum of horror.

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An Lanntair, an art center of the Western Isles of Scotland.

The Ashmolean at Oxford

Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

MuseumNet, listings of UK museums.

National Galleries of Scotland

National Gallery, London

National Museum of Ireland

National Museums and Galleries of Wales

National Museums of Scotland

Sir John Soane's Museum

Tate Gallery

Victoria and Albert, London. Specializes in decorative arts.

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