Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Western European paintings from 14th-20th centuries.
International Contemporary Art.
18th-20th century British watercolours and drawings.
19th-20th century sculpture.
19th-20th century prints.
Applied and decorative art.
Archaeological artefacts.
Greek, Roman, Scottish, English, Irish, and modern European coins.
British and European medals.

Amgueddfa Cymru

Comprises the National Museum Cardiff; St Fagans National History Museum; National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon; Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenafon; National Slate Museum, Llanberis; National Wool Museum, Dre-fach Felindre and the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.


I. Archaeology of Europe, Near East, and Egypt
II. Ethnographical materials from New World
III. Paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, glass, furniture, silver, musical instruments, and textiles from the Middle Ages to the present day, including Italian Renaissance paintings and drawings, English art of the 18th and 19th centuries, Russian art of the 19th and early 20th centuries, modern British print making, European ceramics, and Renaissance bronzes.
IV. Ancient, medieval, and modern coins of all countries.
V. Art and archaeology of China, Japan, Korea, South-East Asia, Nepal, India, and Islam.
VI. Casts of Greek and Roman statuary.

Barber Institute of Fine Arts

* Western European paintings from 13th-20th centuries.
* Old Master and 20th century watercolours, drawings and prints.
* Sculpture and decorative art.
* Roman, Imperial Byzantine and other coins.

Birmingham Museums And Art Gallery

The earliest collections of Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery were formed in the mid 19th century prior to the building of the current Museum & Art Gallery in Chamberlain Square (1885, with additions in 1911-19) and the development of the branch museums - Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, Sarehole Mill, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, and Soho House. The City's motto "By the Gains of Industry we Promote Art" reflects the direction of early collecting which focussed on examples of applied art and fine art to improve and educate the people and manufacturers of the city.

Bowes Museum

Fine Art, especially French, Spanish, Dutch and Flemish 17th to 19th centuries, Italian 16th to 19th centuries
Decorative/Applied Art, 17th to 19th century, particularly French, furniture, ceramics and textiles
Archaeology of local area

Bristol Museums & Art Gallery

The collection of Fine Art comprises over 18,000 paintings, drawings and watercolours, prints and sculptures. In six picture galleries, about 200 oil paintings are displayed from the permanent collection (total 1200) at the City Museum & Art Gallery and others are shown at branch museums, particularly the Red Lodge, the Georgian House and Blaise Castle House Museum.

British Library

The British Library – the national library of the United Kingdom – has collections of printed books, newspapers, patents, manuscripts, maps, sound recordings and stamps, covering English language and other western and oriental languages and cultures. British Library collections contain more than 80 million items.

British Museum

The British Museum holds the national collection of antiquities, prints and drawings, ethnography and coins and medals. The departments in the British Museum are: Africa Oceania and the Americas; Ancient Egypt and Sudan; Asia; Britain, Europe and Prehistory; Coins and Medals; Greece and Rome; Middle East; Prints and Drawings.

Courtauld Gallery

The Courtauld Gallery holds approximately 550 paintings, 7000 drawings, 26,000 prints and 550 works of sculpture and decorative art from the medieval to the modern period. The Courtauld Gallery is designated in respect of all its collections. The collection held by The Courtauld Gallery is owned by The Samuel Courtauld Trust.

Fitzwilliam Museum

. Antiquities of Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome and Western Asiatic
. Applied Art of Europe and Middle and Far East, ceramics, maiolica and glass, clocks, arms and armour
. Paintings, European and elsewhere
. Prints and drawings, European, Oriental and North American
. Coins and Medals, Greek, Roman, Oriental and British
. Manuscripts and printed books

Glasgow Museums

Paintings, drawings and prints from Europe, 14th_20th centuries
Antiquities and archaeological materials from throughout the classical world
Art and archaeology from South and East Asia, Oceania, Africa and the Americas
European decorative art, ceramics, glass, metalwork, textiles and furniture.

Hull City Museums & Art Gallery

Paintings - Dutch, European and British, 16th - 20th centuries
Prints and Drawings, 16th - 20th centuries
Sculpture, 15th - 20th centuries

Imperial War Museum

The works of art held by Imperial War Museums form one of the leading collections of British 20th century art. The collection is rich in fine and graphic art and is especially strong in works commissioned for official purposes during the two World Wars. IWM's other collections range from three dimensional objects to archives of film, photographs, documents and sound.

Ironbridge Gorge Museum

Social and industrial history items relating to the East Shropshire Coalfield
Coalport and Caughley pottery and porcelain, plus other locally-made ceramics, clay tobacco pipes, etc.
Decorative wall and floor tiles made in East Shropshire and elsewhere
Coalbrookdale cast iron
Labouchere Collection of items relating to the Darby family
Elton Collection of industrial art
Telford Collection of items relating to the life and works of Thomas Telford

Leicester City Museums

Natural History
Art, European 15-20th Centuries, including German Expressionists
Decorative arts, textiles and clothing
Social History

Manchester City Galleries

There are three areas with Designated status:
I. Fine Art, including British and European oil paintings, prints and drawings. A notable collection of 19th and early 20th century British art, including the Pre-Raphaelites
II. Decorative Art, including British and European ceramics, glass, metalwork and furniture from 17th to 20th centuries. Particularly important collections of silver and ceramics.
III. Costume: the most important collection in the UK outside London.

Museum of London

Collections relating to the history of London from prehistoric times to the present day, including substantial archaeological Social and Working-History collections.

Museum Of The History Of Science

The collection of the museum includes over 10,000 objects relating to almost all aspects of the history of science, from antiquity to the early twentieth century. Particular strengths include the collections of astrolabes, sundials, quadrants, early mathematical instruments generally (including those used for surveying, drawing, calculating, astronomy and navigation) and optical instruments (including microscopes, telescopes and cameras), together with apparatus associated with chemistry, natural philosophy and medicine.

National Army Museum

Under the terms of the Museum’s Royal Charter, the Museum collects objects and records relating to the history and traditions of the British Army (i.e. the Standing Army, Militia, Yeomanry, Volunteers, Territorial Army of the British Islands, Territorial Army and Volunteer Reserve of the United Kingdom, the Indian army and Armies of the East India Company, and the Land Forces of the Sovereign and Her predecessors possessions beyond the seas (Commonwealth Forces) to Independence. The collection includes uniforms, badges, medals, weapons, equipment and vehicles, printed books, archives, photographs, film and audio material, fine and decorative art.

National Galleries of Scotland

The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) Collection is displayed at three sites in Edinburgh: The Scottish National Gallery, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery and The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Oil paintings, watercolours, prints, photographs and sculpture form the core of the Collection. The total number of works in the NGS Collection is currently recorded as 140,000.

National Gallery

The nation's prime collection of paintings in the western tradition from 13th-19th centuries. It includes representative collections of the French, Italian, Dutch, Flemish, German and Spanish schools, together with some British works up to the mid-19th century.

National Library of Scotland

The National Library is the largest in Scotland, with around 14 million printed items, over 100,000 manuscripts, around 2 million maps, and 25,000 newspaper and magazine titles. Its special characteristics derive from its status as a national and legal deposit library.

National Library of Wales

The Library is the repository for an extensive collection of printed material (books, periodicals), archives and manuscripts and visual, sound and moving image material, relating to Wales. The collection includes, for example, 40,000 volumes of manuscripts, over 4 million printed volumes, books, periodicals and newspapers; 4 million archival documents; 750,000 photographic images, 60,000 pictures, 11,000 sound recordings, and thousands of hours of television broadcasts.

National Maritime Museum

Includes the National Maritime Museum Galleries, Queen’s House and the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. Collections include paintings, books, manuscripts, prints and drawings, ships plans, photographs, scientific instruments, models and artifacts. Collection totals 1.9M objects and flat art and 4.5 miles of manuscript material.

National Museums & Galleries of Northern Ireland

The National Museums Northern Ireland consists of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, the Ulster Museum and the Ulster American Folk Park.
The collections of these three museums illustrate the art, history, science, culture, way of life, migration and settlement of the people of Northern Ireland, with particular regard to the heritage of the region.

National Museums Liverpool

Comprises the Walker Art Gallery, The Liverpool Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Museum of Liverpool Life, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Sudley House, the Conservation Centre and the HM Customs & Excise National Museum

National Museums of Scotland

The National Museums of Scotland consists of the following sites:
National Museum of Scotland
National Museum of Flight, East Fortune
National Museum of Rural Life
National War Museum
National Museums Collection Centre

National Trust for Scotland

The National Trust for Scotland cares for one of the country's greatest fine and decorative art collections. Across fifty houses, castles and other buildings, they are responsible for hundreds of thousands of objects from great works of art to humble domestic items.

Natural History Museum

The national collection of art, manuscripts and literature in the natural history subjects. The art collection is comprised principally of art on paper (circa 500,000 items)

Norfolk Museums Service

The Castle Museum is the largest of the 10 museums in the Norfolk Museums Service with collections of Fine Art, Decorative Art, Archaeology, Natural History and Social History. Overall there are approximately 3 million objects in the county collections. The bulk of the fine art collection is at Norwich Castle and consists of 1200 paintings and 10,000 drawings and watercolours. These are mainly by artists of the Norwich School, most notably the R.J. Colman bequest 1946. It is highly unlikely that any of this collection ever left the UK.

Northampton Museums

Local archaeology and history Geology Costume.
Shoe and shoe heritage collection (Designated Collection)
Fine and decorative art – paintings, Italian 15th-18th century, 19th and 20th century British Art, ceramics and sculpture.

Royal Air Force Museum

The Royal Air Force Museum is a national museum which collects objects and records relating to the history and traditions of the Royal Naval Air Service (1912-1918), the Royal Flying Corps (1912-1918) and the Royal Air Force (1918 to date), as well as aviation in general. The collection includes aircraft, medals, uniforms, fine art, film, photographs, documents and published material.

Royal Armouries Museum

The national collection of arms and armour. Specific strengths include: European personal weapons and armour from the Middle Ages to the present day; oriental arms and armour from North Africa, Asia and the Indian sub-continent; associated two-dimensional art; material relating to the history of the Tower; and an associated library and archive. Collections consists of approximately 85,000 items.

Science Museum Group

Collections relating to the history and contemporary practice of science, technology and medicine.

Sir John Soane's Museum

The personal collection of the British Architect and collector Sir John Soane (1752-1837). Includes antiquities, works of art, prints and drawings and books.

Southampton City Art Gallery

Small collection of Old Master paintings.
Representative collections of 19th century paintings.
Small collection of watercolours, prints and drawings.
Strong holdings of early and later 20th century British Art.


Tate Gallery’s statutory collecting remit is to maintain a collection of British, Twentieth Century and contemporary works of art and documents relating to those works.
Tate’s collection, therefore, comprises paintings, sculpture, works on paper and archive material by British artists or artists closely associated with Britain, and works made by international artists after 1900.
Tate’s collection currently comprises approximately 70,000 works of art (including 38,000 works from the Turner Bequest) as well as works on long loan and related archive material.

The Hunterian

Archaeology of Scotland
Ethnography of Pacific and North America
Coins and Medals, Ancient Greek, British and Roman, Scottish, Anglo-Saxon
Geology, fossils, rocks and minerals
Paintings 17th century Dutch, Flemish and Italian master, French Impressionists,
Scottish Colourists
Prints and drawings, Durer to Hockney
Applied Art, Whistler and Mackintosh collection

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums possesses some 11,375 paintings, 10,500 prints 154 sculptures and collections of ceramics, metalwork and furniture, natural history, geology, archaeology, maritime history, science and industry.

Victoria & Albert Museum

Collections cover all branches of fine and applied arts and represent all major artistic traditions of Britain, Europe, Asia and North Africa. The Museum has eight Collections Departments, six of which are material based: Ceramics and Glass; Furniture and Woodwork; Metalwork; Prints, Drawings and Paintings; Sculpture; and Textiles and Dress. Two are defined by the cultures they represent: Indian and South-East Asian, and Far Eastern. The V&A also includes the National Art Library, the Theatre Museum, The National Museum of Childhood, and the Wellington Museum at Apsley House.

Wallace Collection

French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Flemish, German and British paintings, miniatures, sculpture, French furniture and porcelain, arms and armour and other works of art bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace in 1897.

Whitworth Art Gallery

Fine Art with an emphasis on works on paper, principally British.
World Textiles from 3rd to 21st century.
Wallpapers and wallhangings, 17th to 21st centuries, principally British.

York Art Gallery

The Gallery houses an important collection of paintings covering Italy, France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and Britain from the 14th century to the present. The nucleus is provided by the collection of Continental Old Masters presented by F.D. Lycett Green in 1955. Other major components are a collection of Victorian paintings bequeathed by John Burton in 1882 and a collection of late 19th and early 20th century British paintings presented by Eric Milner-White, Dean of York, over the period 1948 to 1962.