INTERESTED IN DONATING AN OBJECT TO THE COLLECTIONS AT WARRINGTON MUSEUM & ART GALLERY?

Before you contact us:

Generally speaking we will only accept objects and records relating to places, organisations and people from Warrington and the surrounding area. Before getting in touch with us to donate an object, please read the information below.

Please be aware that:

  • We are unable to give valuations.
  • We don’t usually accept items on long-term loan.
  • We can’t accept items with specific conditions attached and we can’t guarantee to put anything on display immediately.
  • We can’t usually accept hazardous items unless there are particularly compelling reasons to do so. Hazardous items can include firearms or objects containing asbestos as well as explosive, flammable, poisonous, potentially carcinogenic or radioactive material.

How to get in touch:

Contact us in writing using the details below. Please supply as much information as you can, including a photograph if possible.

Email: museum@culturewarrington.org

Write to: FAO Collections Officer, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Museum Street, WA1 1JB.

Please don’t send the item to us, as we will not be able to return it.

As each donation is discussed on a case-by-case basis, it may take up to 2 weeks or longer to respond to your enquiry.

What happens if we accept your object?

Unfortunately we can’t guarantee that your object will go on display in the museum but:

  • The object will be stored under appropriate environmental conditions in our museum stores and later accessioned into the collections.
  • The object may be used in exhibitions or loaned to other institutions.
  • The object will be made available for research purposes to both staff and visitors to the museum.

Occasionally we won’t accept an object for the museum’s permanent collection, but we’ll accept it for use as part of our education collection. If so, we will ask your permission to add it to this valuable resource.

WHAT IF WE DO NOT ACCEPT YOUR ITEM?

Unfortunately we can’t accept everything that is offered to the Museum. If we can’t accept your item, please don’t be offended—it may be due to one of the following reasons:

  • We already have a similar item in our collection.
  • The item doesn’t meet the criteria of our Collections Development Policy
  • The item isn’t in good condition.
  • There isn’t enough information about the history of the item.

If your item isn’t suitable for our Museum, we’ll try to advise you of another collection which may be interested.