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Our Museum Collection includes approximately 100,000 objects dating from around 360-300 million years ago to the present day. Founded in 1874, much of the Collection was either donated or bequeathed by wealthy local industrialists. It has been supplemented over the years through the generous donations of people living or working in the borough.

The Collection falls into the following areas: archaeology, Egyptology, natural science, social history, dress and textiles and decorative arts. In addition we have materials relating to two local personalities: John Bright (1811­-89), the famous nineteenth century statesman, and Gracie Fields (1898-1979), star of stage, screen and radio.

Highlights include:

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