Somerset Heritage Centre

The Museums Service’s reserve collection is stored at the Somerset Heritage Centre.

We can’t display all the objects we hold but they’re available for researchers and visitors to look at by appointment. Objects may also be used in temporary exhibitions or loaned to other institutions.

The collection includes objects relating to Costume and Textiles, Fine and Decorative Art, Archaeology, Natural Sciences and Social History.

We also care for the Somerset Military Museum Trust and North Somerset Council collections at this site.

Accessing the Collections

The museum reserve collections remain closed, we are therefore unable to accommodate physical visits for the time being. We are, however, open for on-line enquiries, please e-mail museums@swheritage.org.uk.

Donations to the Museum Collections

We welcome offers to fill gaps in our collections.

If you are interested in donating an item to the Museum collections please send an e-mail to museums@swheritage.org.uk in the first instance. Donations of items must be made by prior arrangement with a member of the Curatorial Team.

Items brought to our sites without prior arrangement cannot, unfortunately, be accepted.

We only take objects which have a clear Somerset or North Somerset provenance or which tell a Somerset story.

We also take into consideration the condition of items before they are accepted into the collections.

Items will usually only be accepted as gifts.

Somerset Military Museum only accepts objects relating to the following Somerset Regiments:

· The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert’s)
· The Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry
· The West Somerset Yeomanry

Reopening

We are exploring how we can provide a safe environment for staff, volunteers and researchers to access the museum collections and look forward to reopening our services in the autumn. Please visit our website for further updates.