The archaeology collection represents around 10,000 years of human history from the first stone tools to the relics of Shropshire's more recent industrial past.
One of the collection's greatest assets is its wide range of prehistoric objects, many of which were found and donated by local people. The collection also represent finds from Shropshire's Roman past, with extensive remains from Wroxeter. We also have Anglo-Saxon to medieval artefacts, and Tudor to modern finds.
Shropshire Museums is also responsible for the curation of the many archaeological archives produced by professional fieldwork in the area. At present the Museum Service holds over 200 major archives from sites such as Bridgnorth Friary, Shrewsbury Abbey and the Roman towns at Wroxeter and Whitchurch.
The Museum Service also collects data about archaeological finds from the county through it's finds identification and recording service. As our collections grow, so to does our understanding of Shropshire's past.
Some of the material collected is made available for schoolchildren and museum visitors to handle, to bring history alive. Other material is preserved for future specialist researchers to examine and for museum displays.
Items from the archaeology collection can be seen on display at Ludlow Museum, Much Wenlock Museum, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Oswestry Library and Whitchurch Heritage Centre.