Our rich and varied collections are at the heart of our work. The 300,000 specimens and objects that make up our collections have been built up over more than 180 years, largely through the generosity of local people. They cover a wide range of subjects, from local archaeological finds to exotic ethnographic souvenirs. Currently, the focus of our work is caring for the items we already hold. However, where an offer meets our current collecting policy criteria, we'll take an item into our care.