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Collection

Our collection tells the history of our parish and its place in the world and we have over 2000 accessioned objects of archaeology, art and craft, natural history and social history.

Our local archaeological collections reflect the changing lifestyles of the people who have lived in our parish for thousands of years, from settled Neolithic farming communities to Post-Medieval townships.

Our social history collections reflect the everyday life of our parish over the last hundred years through objects, photographs and audio and audio visual recordings. We have significant collections relating to the crofting, blacksmith and sea and river fishing industries of our parish.

Our natural history collection contains a wealth of rock and fossil specimens from Devonian granite from inland outcrops and the local Jurassic coastline (formed over 1.5 million years ago), which is recognised nationally as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Our art and craft collections date from the early nineteenth century, showcasing expertly crafted textiles and objects which were crucial to the fishing and agriculture industries, and local artists inspired by our parish’s dramatic coastal landscapes.

COLLECTION FAQs

This is where you can find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about our collections. Find out more about how to identify your objects, donate objects, access our collections, enquire about use of images and contact the collections team.

Can you identify an object for me?

We are happy to help you identify your interesting objects but are unable to give valuations. Get in touch at enquiries@timespan.org.uk to arrange a visit with our knowledgeable staff.

Do you accept gifts or donations to the collection?

We welcome offers to the collection and are particularly interesting in developing our natural history collections. We collect in four areas of art and craft, social history, archaeology and natural history. Details of our Collection Development Policy can be accessed here. If you wish to offer us an object, please contact us with as much information as possible about the object.

Can I make an appointment to see an object not on display?

Objects which are not on permanent display can be viewed by appointment in advance. Please contact us to arrange an appointment.

Do you have collection volunteer roles and students placements?

We offer collection-based voluntary opportunities with appropriate training programmes. Get in touch to find out what opportunities we have available.

Do you lend objects?

We lend objects from our collection for exhibitions in other museums. Please contact us with your request.