Collections

Explore our collection by theme, topic, century, and organisation.

Themes

Explore historical and contemporary fashion and how it influences our clothing, footwear, accessories and style. Discover sketches, designs and garments as well as catwalk photographs, catalogues and videos.

Explore the history of technology and industry, from the industrial revolution to stories of industrialists, economists and ordinary working lives.

Explore hand-crafted written materials from papyrus to paper. Discover texts, illuminations and the people behind them from antiquity to the early print era.

Explore the physical and human features of the Earth. Discover maps and map-makers, landscapes and the people who have explored them.

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Features

Explore notable figures and their work throughout history

Explore disability stories, narratives and heritage from Europe and beyond

a black and white photograph of a man sitting behind a loom-like device that has multiple threads coming down into the spine of a book. The man is in the process of threading a new page through the threads to add to the book.

Heritage showing how artisans and crafters have shaped and remade culture through the ages

Find your crayons! Sharpen your coloured pencils! And enjoy adding colours in one of the books we have prepared for you.

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Latest galleries

Lajos Kozma (8 June 1884 - 26 November 1948) was one of the most authentic representatives of Hungarian Art Nouveau in the early 20th century. This is a subjective selection of Lajos Kozma's furniture designs and their realized furniture versions from…

Across the world different cultures have combined handwriting and art to create aesthetic works of text. These differing traditions across communities and timespans are fascinating to compare.

Since the dawn of time, craftsmen have indulged in designing chairs for the most varied uses. If in the most ancient times chairs were a prerogative reserved for men of power and the aristocratic classes, from the 16th century onwards the chair experience…

What food do you recognise in these pictures? What do you like to eat? What don't you like to eat?

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Fitzwilliam Museum

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