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The origins of the museum service stretch back to the end of the 19th century and since then, we have been collecting objects and specimens that can tell us more about the place we live, both in the past and the present.

A century of collecting means we now look after thousands of objects.  Some are on display to tell stories about how people in the past lived their lives. Other objects are held by us for research purposes and for future study.

In this section you can learn more about the different areas of the collection as well as have an opportunity to search through our collections database online. Please bear in mind that this is a work in progress and we are continuously working to improve the catalogue records and add images of objects. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or if you’d like more information about an object you find in the search, please get in touch, quoting the Accession Number (e.g. 1997.1234) of the object you're interested in.

If you would like to Donate an object, click here>.

For the contact details of our Finds Liaison Officer, click here>.

The Museum of St Albans in the early 20th century