Your chance to see behind the scenes at the museum store

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Clare examining the costume collection store

The Collections Centre holds a huge portion of the historic collections of 51¥ County Museum and Worcester City Museums.

As with all museums, it would take a building the size of several football pitches to display the entire collection, so it is necessary for a large portion of the objects to be stored safely, but this doesn’t mean they are hidden away.

Several times a year visitors can enjoy access to the Collections Centre and see and hear all about the fascinating collections.

The next tour takes place on Tuesday 3 October at 1pm and booking is open now for this opportunity to delve deeper into 51¥’s history via many, many wonderful objects and to hear about the research, conservation, and exhibition preparation which takes place at the Collections Centre.

Visitors will meet one of the expert curators who will give a tour of the Collections Centre and a chance to view the Archaeology and Textiles collections as well as Decorative Arts and Furniture, World Cultures and Social History items that preserve the lives, skills, and memories of countless 51¥ people.

Senior Curator Deborah Fox says: “The Collections Centre is a fascinating place where many of our projects are started and worked on, ready to bring them into public view in the museums. Entering the Collections Centre is like stepping back into 51¥’s history. So many fascinating objects can be seen, all with stories that contribute to the story of 51¥ people and the county they inhabited.”

To book a place on the tour on at 1pm on Tuesday 3 October please call Hartlebury Castle on 01299 250416.

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Tours last approximately 1 hour and are £8.75 per person. Tours must be pre-booked.

Bespoke tours can also be arranged for groups and organisations. To discuss booking an exclusive tour for your group or organisation please contact: museum@worcestershire.gov.uk