What's in the Museum
Whether you are looking for a trip down memory lane, a chance to
learn something new, a peaceful stroll through nature or just a
nice cup of tea and a cake, Worcestershire County Museum has it
The County Museum, housed in the former home of the Bishops of
Worcester, is a fascinating place to explore. In the museum
galleries you can discover social history, toys through time,
travel & transport and the intriguing story of Worcestershire's
past. Visitors can also see room sets such as the schoolroom and
scullery, which are regularly brought to life by visiting
schoolchildren and period rooms that focus on the Victorian and
Civil War eras.
The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions and exciting events
throughout the year. A fantastic gift shop, café, picnic
areas and nature reserve all add up to a great day out.
Visitor Map which shows you the various areas within
the Museum as well as giving you a short history of the site.
So what will inspire you to visit?
- a fun day out with the family including a nature reserve,
fabulous cafe and well stocked gift shop?
- an enjoyable way of finding our more about the world we live in
and expanding your own knowledge?
- a chance to explore the past, through room sets and real
historical objects and imagine just what life was like for our
Come to Hartlebury for all
these things and more!
What is there to see?
Worcestershire County Museum is housed in the servants quarters
of Hartlebury Castle, home to the Bishop of Worcester since the
16th century. The site has been owned by the Church
since 850AD and a manor house was built here as early as the
13th century, Use this link to find out more about
the history of Hartlebury
The County Museum main galleries include collections ranging
from children's toys, archaeology and costume to craft work by the
Bromsgrove Guild (find out more about our Collections).
Some of the exhibitions you will find within the Museum
Travel & Transport
enjoy our unique collection of Gypsy caravans and other vehicles
including cars, carriages and bicycles
Springs, Spas and Holidays
discover the importance of water to our region with a look at
canals, spa towns and the dreaded water cure!
Footsteps Through Life
a fascinating insight into Victorian social history exploring the
journey from birth to death
take a nostalgic look at toys and games from times gone by
From Plough to
explore Worcestershire's rich
agricultural history and learn how the items in a Ploughman's lunch
Victorian Schoolroom & Scullery
imagine the hardships of everyday life as a Victorian schoolchild
or the Castle's Scullery Maid
The building also contains a number of room sets such as
Victorian and Civil War rooms and original rooms within the Castle
including the Schoolroom, Scullery and Nursery which really help to
bring the past to life.
Each year we will be changing and
re-displaying our permanent exhibitions and bringing more objects
out of our stores so there will always be something new for you to
discover! We also hold temporary exhibitions each year which
allow us to explore new themes and exhibit objects not usually on
Within the grounds of the Castle you can also visit the Cider
Mill and the Transport Gallery housing a fascinating array of
vehicles including a fire engine, hansom cab, bicycles, carts and a
large collection of beautifully decorated Gypsy
The State Rooms
The Castle's magnificent State Rooms, the Georgian Saloon and
the Medieval Great Hall, (pictured below) are also open to the
public during normal museum hours from 1 April - 30 September
and are included in the normal admission
price. Ocassionally there is a need to close the State
Rooms for a day or part of a day so please do call us to check
availability if this is specifically what you are coming to
see. The State Rooms are closed between October and
We are pleased to announce that in October 2014 the Hartlebury
Castle Preservation Trust was awarded £5m by the Heritage Lottery
Fund to purchase Hartlebury Castle and to ensure Hartlebury’s long
term future as a heritage asset for the nation.
Restoration work to the Castle is scheduled to
begin in 2016 and be completed in 2017. Where building work allows
the Trust will be operating behind the scenes tours
of the Castle, including the Hurd Library, the Prince’s
Bedroom, Chapel and gardens not previously open to the
for more information or to find out how you can help please
Hoards, Handbags and Highwaymen -
Find out how people made, saved, moved, used
and lost their money over the last 2000 years. Discover a display
of beautiful handbags and purses, mysterious buried treasure and
money, money, money, including a chance to see a complete display
of the Bredon Hill Hoard.
This exhibition will run until March
2016. Admission is included in normal museum admission
prices and the exhibition will be available to view during normal
opening hours and at all daytime events.
Our 2016 exhibition (opening at Easter) will look at World
War One and the Voluntary Aid Detatchment Hospital which was
set up at Hartlebury.
This page was last reviewed 23 November 2015 at 15:16 by Rachel Robinson.