North Lincolnshire Museum service’s collections

North Lincolnshire Museum service’s collections feature a wide range of objects and archival material reflecting the geology, natural history, archaeology and local history of the region in and around North Lincolnshire.

For any queries about the collections please contact the relevant member of the Collections Team.

  • Costume, decorative art, photographs, Sheffield family and Normanby Hall history – Madeleine Grout, Collections Assistant (Decorative Arts).
  • Social and local history – Eveline van Breemen, Collections Assistant (Social History).
  • Archaeological finds identification – Martin Foreman, Finds Liaison Officer.
  • Archaeology collections. Natural History and all other collections related enquiries – Rose Nicholson, Collections Manager.

North Lincolnshire has a rich heritage that is reflected in the size and quality of the archaeological collections. All periods of the past are represented, from the Palaeolithic to the modern day. The collection includes archives from major excavations and field projects as well as a number of large metal detected collections and stray finds.

The geology collection includes rocks and minerals and a large collection of fossils, mainly from the local area and including fossils from the Frodingham ironstone. The biology collection includes mounted specimens, insects, shells and herbarium sheets.

The local history collection features objects, photographs and ephemera telling the story of North Lincolnshire and it’s people from the post-medieval period to the modern day. The regionally important photographic archive can be viewed online as the North Lincolnshire Image Archive.

The Decorative Arts collection includes male and female costume and accessories, decorative homeware, including furniture and soft furnishings, and works of art. Items from the collection can be seen on display at Normanby Hall. The costume collection is displayed through changing exhibitions in the costume galleries at Normanby Hall and Brigg Heritage Centre, and in the exhibitions and changing case at North Lincolnshire Museum.

North Lincolnshire Museum is a regional partner in the national Portable Antiquities Scheme. This is a voluntary scheme for archaeological objects found by members of the public. Many of these are found by metal detector users but others are chanced upon by people while at work, gardening or out walking. Archaeology is a limited resource. It is important to record these finds and their locations before the information is lost.

North Lincolnshire’s Finds Liaison Officer is available to record your finds, whether it’s a single item or a small collection. Perhaps you have had a few things in a ‘scrap box’ for a few years which you think may be interesting. If so, bring them in. The Finds Liaison Officer will book in the finds and give you a receipt. You will be given a realistic estimate of how long it will take to identify and record the finds. The finds will be photographed and the details entered onto the Portable Antiquities Scheme’s database. The find will then be returned to you.