“Windows on Warwickshire” operates as a partnership of the following collection holders:

Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum

The Art Gallery & Museum has a permanent collection of over 11,000 objects in the fields of art, crafts, sculpture, local and social history, archaeology and ethnography. Most have been donated by local people, beginning in the 1860s and continuing to the present day.

The website contains over 5,000 images of objects and artworks, and information about more than 11,000 items.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust promotes the appreciation and study of the work, life and times of William Shakespeare worldwide; looks after the five Shakespeare houses in and around Stratford together with the museums collections they contain; and maintains for the use of the general public a collection of books, archives and artefacts relating to Shakespeare and the history of Stratford-upon-Avon and its locality.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has contributed the following collections:

Documents revealing aspects of Shakespeare’s life in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Books and manuscripts of Shakespeare’s time illustrating his cultural background, education, and writings.
Paintings, medals, ceramics, sculptures and other objects depicting Shakespeare over the last 400 years.
Anglo-Saxon material from the cemetery site at Bidford-on-Avon.

Warwick Castle

Experience 1000 years of history at Britain’s Greatest Mediaeval Experience. History comes alive with the Kingmaker Experience, see and smell the historical preparation for a battle with the Earl’s great army. Dare you venture into the Ghost Tower to find out what led a man-servant to murder? See Daisy prepare for a Royal Weekend Party and marvel at the Great Hall and State Dining Room. Special events take place throughout the year, see our website for more details.

Warwick Castle has contributed the following collections:

A collection of photographs and other materials depicting the life and times of the Castle during the Victorian era – including the Count and Countess of Warwick, lavish society parties for the rich and famous, the hard working staff at the Castle and even the tragic fire of 1871.

Compton Verney

Compton Verney is housed in a Robert Adam Grade I listed mansion, set in 114 acres of parkland landscaped by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Restoration of the house, funded by the Peter Moores Foundation, has enabled it to be rebuilt as a new art gallery, opening to the public in March 2004. The permanent collections are: Naples (1600-1800), German (1450-1600), British portraits, China (8000BC-2000BC), British Folk Art, and the Marx-Lambert collection.

Compton Verney has contributed the following collection:

The British Folk Art Collection: The largest of its kind in this country, the collection includes paintings, textiles, trade signs and whirligigs. Folk art is produced by people with no formal art training, and is usually associated with rural societies in an era before mass-production. The paintings and objects at Compton Verney provide a colourful and witty snapshot of life in Britain during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Nuneaton & Bedworth  Museum & Art Gallery

The Museum & Art Gallery was established in 1917 and boasts varied collections of social history, archaeology, ethnography and fine art. As well as permanent displays of its artefacts, there are extensive temporary exhibitions, events and activity programmes as well as a developing education service.

The Museum & Art Gallery joined with Coventry City Council and the George Eliot Fellowship to provide items related to George Eliot. The items include:

A collection of objects which reveal the woman behind the writing.
Items that she treasured in later life.
Resources to help you learn more about her early life, before her fame and notoriety.
The items on this site are just a selection of the George Eliot Collections, to see more visit the Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery or the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry.

Culture Coventry – Coventry Archives & Research Centre (CARC)

Culture Coventry is the trust that manages three of Coventry’s finest visitor attractions:
Coventry Transport Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of British road transport, including the two fastest cars in the world.
The award-winning Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, which celebrates the city’s culture, history and arts.
The Lunt Roman Fort, a fully excavated and partially reconstructed turf and timber fort, including the only gyrus in the Roman Empire.
Between them, the attractions proudly tell stories of Coventry’s unique history to over 800,000 visitors per year from around the world.

Warwickshire Museum

The Warwickshire Museum delivers services across the County and beyond from its headquarters in Warwick. We hold rich collections of objects and information about the archaeology, geology, natural history and social history of Warwickshire, which we use to promote knowledge and understanding, to inspire and to excite, and to enrich the lives of the whole community.

Warwickshire Museum has contributed the following collections:

Geological specimens revealing what Warwickshire was like during the Jurassic Period 200 million years ago.
Selected objects from our archaeology, geology and social history collections depicting the many and varied uses of wood – and its importance to Warwickshire people – over 2000 yrs.
Anglo-Saxon material from the cemetery site at Bidford-on-Avon.

Warwickshire County Record Office

The County Record Office is a service to the community and to all those interested in the history of the county of Warwickshire. We hold a vast and varied collection of material covering 900 years of the history of Warwickshire and its people. We are still collecting records for future generations.

The County Record Office has contributed the following collections:

The extensive “Warwickshire Images” photographic collection revealing the life and times of Warwickshire since the 1850s.
Documents, portraits, maps and books relating to the Sheldon familly and their fascinating tapestry business.

Warwickshire Library & Information Service

The Library and Information Service is an important community resource available to all – whatever your age or interest. It provides lending and reference facilities, free access to its 231 People’s Network computers and information facilities. 31 libraries and a trailer library provide a comfortable and welcoming environment available weekdays, evenings and at weekends. 5 mobile libraries also take learning resources to rural and urban areas.

Warwickshire Library and Information Service has contributed the following collections:

Parts of the extensive “Warwickshire Images” photographic collection revealing the life and times of Warwickshire since the 1850s.
A varied collection of letters written by George Eliot whilst living both in Warwickshire and London.

Rugby Art Gallery & Museum

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum opened in 2000 and holds collections of social history and archaeology from the local area as well as 20th century and contemporary art. The social history collection contains a wealth of fascinating objects representing the changing pattern of social and domestic life in Rugby and the borough, mostly donated by local people. We have a programme of temporary exhibitions, an archaeology gallery containing finds from the nearby Tripontium Roman settlement and a varied schools and events programme.

Other Contributors

The “Windows on Warwickshire” partnership are grateful to the following organisations who contributed additional financial support:

Stratford District Council.
The King Henry VIII Endowed Trust, Warwick.
The Trust was founded in 1545 when King Henry endowed the Burgesses of Warwick with various properties around the Town. Today, the income from the properties is utilised for the benefit of the Historic Churches, Independent Schools and the townspeople of Warwick. A major proportion of the grants made support education, youth and elderly causes and the maintenance of historic buildings in the Town.

  • 19th May, 2015