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Research Collections

Our collections

Our collections

These are not collections which are intended to be locked away in darkened rooms to be viewed only by a few; they are accessible to all and we are keen to share the wealth of material they contain.  The research team who compile and look after the collections are a proactive, lively and communicative group who are delighted to share their knowledge and their collections.

Our collections

  • Basketball Heritage  A significant collection focusing on the History of the sport in the UK.
  • Childhood  The changing experience of childhood since the 19th century
  • Children’s literature Children’s literature since 1800, including the internationally renowned Brown Collection of works by GA Henty
  • Children’s theatre Professional theatre for young audiences in the UK and abroad
  • Education  History of education in textbooks and posters
  • Design  Novelty books, literary postcards and penguin book covers.
  • History  Including the Kay’s archive and the Worcestershire Archaeological Society
  • Literature   Works by authors with links to Worcestershire  and a small collection of 19th and early 20th-century items in German.