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.

Visiting the Collections and Collections Enquiries

The Somerset Heritage Centre closed to the public on 4 November 2020 due to the National Lockdown and the museum reserve collections remain closed for the time being.

The research enquiry service is currently suspended due to the furloughing of our curatorial team.


We welcome offers to fill gaps in our collections.

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

If you are interested in donating an item to the Museum collections please complete the form below. Due to the reduced capacity of the Curatorial team response times may be affected.

    Donations enquiry form  * denotes a required field


    The information on this form will be held and used by the South West Heritage Trust in accordance with the provisions of Data Protection legislation, for the purposes of providing a contract. See for our full privacy notice.