There are several ways in which you can search our collections online, depending on what information you need, and how you prefer to find it.

Oil painting showing a black man seated by a model boat while a group of young children watch him
The Negro Boatbuilder. Oil painting by William Parrott, 1851.

Digital Media Bank

Our Digital Media Bank is the best way of searching our collections online. There are currently over 28,000 openly licensed or public domain hi-res images of objects in our collections, alongside other digital content such as teaching packs.

The Digital Media Bank is also the best means of thematically browsing through our collections, and sharing them online.

Simple Search

You can make simple searches through this website. Type keywords into the box below to run a search..

Search the Collections

This will give you access to over 22,000 catalogue records with images.

Full Catalogue Search

If you wish to search all of our published records, our full published catalogue contains over 71,000 object records. However, the majority of these are not accompanied by images.

The Keep

Some of our collections are held at The Keep. These can be found using The Keep’s online catalogue.


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