Collections

Art, History and Heritage Collections

As you’d expect, Wolverhampton Arts and Culture has a vast number of objects both on display, and in its archives, from items relating to the history of the area and fossils, to Old Master paintings and contemporary sculptures.

Wolverhampton’s art, history and heritage collections focus on local places, people and industry, whilst our museum collections also contain material from further afield.

You can find out more about the collections by:

  • using the links in the left hand menu
  • carrying out a simple search using the search box at the top of the page – just put one or more words, key phrases or artist names into the search box. You may also wish to narrow your search, information on how to do this is at the bottom on the page.
  • clicking on one of the images below:
Archaeology

Archaeology

Japanese Decorative Art

Decorative Art

Dolls and Toys

Enamels

Enamels

Geology

Geology

Japanned Ware

Japanned Ware

Maps

Maps

Oil Paintings

Oil Paintings

Parish Records Indexes

Archive Photographs

Photographs

Sculpture

Sculpture

Works on Paper

Works on Paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Narrowing your search

You may wish to narrow your search results further by using the options available in the right hand side of the page.

Results from allows you to restrict the results list to articles and pages or to items level records for collection items.  Map will display historical environment records alongside a small selection of collection items on a map: please note only a very small selection of collection items have been geo-coded.

Images only will restrict the results to items where there are digital images available for that item.

Subjects identifies themes and terms associated with individual records and there can be more than one for each record. These subjects are designed to highlight important links which can help the user find relevant records in their search. The subject matter of photographs, documents and paintings will be identified along with wider relevant subject areas. These may include associated industries, leisure activities and events in history.

Times relate to specific time periods in our history and range from geological periods such as Silurian to more familiar historical periods including Victorian (1837-1901). Where possible, items in the collections have been linked with the time period they are associated with. For example, an object made in 1850 will be linked to the time, Victorian (1837-1901).  

Creator categorises records by people and organisations related to the item. These may be company names, artists, trade unions and people referred to in archival documents and photographs.

Places identifies place names associated with the item and often refer to where the item was made, the place depicted in a photograph or painting and the place archival documents relate to.

Format represents the technique used to make the object or the form it takes. For example, artworks may be printedpainted or drawn.  Archival documents may be handwritten, be in the form of a photograph, film or on microfilm. The museum collections hold various decorative items which have been carvedenamelled or japanned.

Partner narrows the search down to items held either by Wolverhampton City Archives or by Wolverhampton Arts and Culture Service.

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