Welcome to Saddleworth Museum’s Collections
As the custodian, caretaker and trustee of our collections we are dedicated to preserving and showcasing the items under our protection. With 16,000 (and growing) items in our collections it is not possible to showcase them all in the space we have. We always attempt to keep the “best” examples of the Saddleworth story on display. We also “refresh” displays, and create new themed ones, from time to time, and rotate collection items in the galleries as best we can.
The majority of the collections items that the visitor does not see on display will be in one of our storage areas, sometimes under environmental control where required, or undergoing careful preservation or accession processes or on one of our school programmes or on loan.
We will eventually have our database to view in one of our galleries for the visitor to access. The slideshows below are the “curator’s collection choices” for you to enjoy!
Please remember that if you have something from Saddleworth’s past you would like to donate, just contact the curator!
Number of items in our collections
Saddleworth Museum is fully accredited (no 191). We have severel best practices, sometime stringent, guidelines and procedures to follow in the preservation and showcasing of the Saddleworth collections. Just one of the standards is that every collection item we have will have been accessioned, i.e. identified, recorded and numbered. This number is sometimes visible to the naked eye. The visitor to the museum, or this website may wonder what this number means.