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Museum Collections

The Royal Greenwich Museum Collections began on 28th May 1902, and today are made up of thousands of objects and artefacts including geology, natural history, social history, archaeology, prints and paintings.

The Museum Collections tell rich stories about Royal Greenwich through the many diverse objects to be found which include; paintings, prints, drawings, maps, photographs or deeds.

Highlights include the weird and wonderful whether that's exotic birds, a Victorian egg whisk, baby alligator or an elephant’s foot.

Through a changing programme of exhibitions and events, as well as free access to our research room, you can explore your family and local history.

History

Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust (RGHT) is entrusted with caring for the Royal borough of Greenwich's museum collections and archive.

The museum collection began on 28th May 1902 with the donation of four cases of geological specimens. Today the collection, housed in a temperature controlled store, is made up of thousands of objects and artefacts including geology, natural history, social history, archaeology, prints and paintings. 

The Borough Museum first opened its doors to the public in 1919 and for many years visitors would marvel at the weird and wonderful - from exotic birds and antiquities to humble Victorian egg whisks. The collection includes a diverse range of artefacts whether Georgian tankards, Roman finds in the borough, or fragments of pottery collected along the Thames foreshore. Some of the oldest pieces in the museum collections date from the Roman period while more recent acquisitions come from the London 2012 Olympics.

In 2019, the Museum Collections and Local History Archive were brought together under one roof with thousands of images of the borough as well as geology, natural history, paintings, prints and drawings, a vast and wonderful collection representing Royal Greenwich's rich history.

Collections Development Policy

To view and download our Collections Development Policy please visit our reports, plans and policies page by clicking here

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