Norfolk Museums Collections

About the collections

The collections held by Norfolk Museums Service are primarily about the county of Norfolk, its history, culture and environment. We also have some wonderful collections that are a window on the world.

There are approximately 3 million objects in the collections covering all subjects and museums. Most of the objects have been catalogued and we currently have nearly 500,000 digital records. This website offers almost 200,000 records which are a representative sample across the curatorial departments. We are working hard to publish more data in the future.

Recent cataloguing and digitisation projects have included the Shine a Light project, in which two large stores at the Norfolk Museums Collections Centre were fully audited and catalogued. In Norwich Castle Art Department stored works on paper have been digitised resulting in 4,600 works scanned and catalogued to date. Within the Cromer collections a fine collection of around 2000 photographic prints, autochromes and negatives by the pioneering local photographer Olive Edis have been scanned and are available to view online. Over at Kings Lynn, teams of volunteers have been cataloguing and scanning the stored collections.

More work remains to be done however. Behind the scenes, teams of curators and enthusiastic volunteers are working to improve the digital information about our collections.

We will publish and share the stories of these wonderful collections to enable wider use and to contribute to national and international collections knowledge through our own website and others such as the Google Cultural Institute and blogs relating to Olive Edis, Norfolk Collections Centre and Gressenhall Voices from the Workhouse project.



Norwich processional Snapdragon known as 'Snap' currently resides in the Norfolk Collections Centre