Loans, donations and bequests

Donating to the museum during Covid-19

Contact the Museum Curators on the details below to discuss what you wish to donate and to arrange an appointment.

The Museum welcomes donations relevant to its collections as set out in its acquisitions policy (PDF: 216Kb / 9 pages). This covers a wide range of material relating to the history, art and culture of the Eden District.

We are always filling gaps in the collections and developing new fields. However, we need to be selective, taking into account storage requirements, for instance.

As a rule we only borrow objects for temporary exhibitions. Occasionally, we accept material for educational handling purposes, rather than for adding to the permanent collections.

If you can carry the object you would like to give to the Museum, simply bring it in, or send a photograph. We will then let you know if we wish to add it to our collections. After this you will be asked to sign a form transferring ownership of the item.

We cannot guarantee that it will be displayed straight away, but it will be catalogued, and in some cases researched more fully. If necessary, and as funds permit, the object may be professionally conserved.

Material can be bequeathed to the Museum and the curators will be pleased to give further advice on this, and other matters if required.