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Take a Closer Look

...at our online museum collection.

The collections we hold at Guildford Heritage Service have been developed over a century. We look after over 100,000 objects covering archaeology, social history, art and textiles. The objects have come to us through donations, purchases or excavations. A number are on long term loan to us from Surrey Archaeological Society, whose headquarters are at Guildford Museum, and from individuals. Together the collections tell the story of life in the past in Guildford and across Surrey as a whole.

The collections include material that is significant locally, nationally and internationally. The archaeological collection, including the material we care for on behalf of Surrey Archaeological Society, is the largest in the county. Our collection of pastel portraits by John Russell R.A., painter to King George III, is the largest in the UK. The objects collected by Gertrude Jekyll relating to the cottage life in south west Surrey in the last quarter of the 19th century are internationally important. This way of life was disappearing and Jekyll recognised the need to record it. In this way she was a pioneer of social history collecting.

Our collections can be seen on display at Guildford Museum and Guildford House Gallery. Like other museums it is not possible to show all of our collections all of the time. Browse the pages to find out more about some of our objects and return regularly to see more historic objects from our collection. It's time to take a closer look....