Like every museum, the Norris has many more treasures in our collections than we have space to display. We hold temporary exhibitions to put some of them on show from time to time.

And you can arrange to come and see any of the items in our stores. You will need to make an appointment and let us know in advance what you want to see so that we can get them out for you.

You can use this page to search our collections. Click on any of the text links to view a list of the items in each collection. Click on the images to see an enlarged version.
     
Books
The Museum Library holds books containing a wealth of information about Huntingdonshire history,
as well as books by local authors and works printed and published locally.
1812 book illustration of St Neots born assassin John Bellingham Witches of Huntingdon 1646
1812 book illustration of St Neots born assassin John Bellingham   Witches of Huntingdon 1646
 
Easel Paintings
These are mostly oil paintings on canvas - for works of art on paper see
the much larger collection of Prints Watercolours and Drawings.
Oil painting of Wyton by Watt Milne
Oil painting of Wyton by Watt Milne
 
Inskip Ladds files
Sidney Inskip Ladds (1867-1950), church restorer and local historian, left his folders of rough notes to the Norris, where they form a treasure-house of detailed information. The files are arranged by parish and the indexes to them are now in the process of being put online.
Inskip Ladds file Glatton Inskip Ladds file Keyston
Inskip Ladds file Glatton   Inskip Ladds file Keyston
 
Manuscripts
Nowadays manuscripts are collected by Huntingdonshire Archives (previously the Huntingdon Record Office), but the Norris was in existence before the Record Office was opened and so we still have some manuscript material collected in those early days.
Manuscript by John Clare Manuscript of AD 1220, UMS.S.NEO.262 Pettis manuscript
Manuscript by John Clare   Manuscript of AD 1220, UMS.S.NEO.262   Pettis manuscript
 
Maps
Our collection includes county maps showing Huntingdonshire from the 16th century onwards, together with maps of individual estates and parishes, including photographic copies of many enclosure maps.
The Norman Cross prison camp in 1797 map of Hunts 1645
The Norman Cross prison camp in 1797 Map of Hunts 1645
 
Museum, Prehistoric to Medieval
Our reserve collections contain fossils and palaeontology, archaeology and local history from every part of Huntingdonshire.
Bronze Age spearhead X.0674 Iron Age cart fitting X.0758 Mammoth tusk X.0266
Bronze Age spearhead X.0674   Iron Age cart fitting X.0758   Mammoth tusk X.0266
       
Medieval jug 79.31 Neolithic flint axehead 2007.16 Roman Venus statuette 97.01 Saxon brooch .X.2770
Medieval jug 79.31 Neolithic flint axehead 2007.16 Roman Venus statuette 97.01 Saxon brooch .X.2770
 
Museum, Post-medieval
Our post-medieval collections also cover the whole of Huntingdonshire and include objects of many different kinds.
Carpenter's plane X.1819 31st foot breastplate pistol X.2396
Carpenter's plane X.1819   31st foot breastplate   Pistol X.2396
     
inscribed tile 2007.03   Skate 77.26.4   Strut from WWI air crash 89.08
Inscribed tile 2007.03   Skate 77.26.4   Strut from WWI air crash 89.08
 
Newspapers
Our collection of newspapers is too big for us to index the information contained in them, but you can find out here the title and date of every newspaper we have a copy of. If you're researching something that you know happened on a particular date, this could be just what you need.
1940 Hunts Post report Luftwaffe bomber shot down at St Neots 1940 Hunts Post report Luftwaffe bomber shot down at St Neots
1940 Hunts Post reports on two Luftwaffe bombers shot down at St Neots
 
Photographs
Photographs are a wonderful source of detailed information and we've got more than 3000 of them, from all over Huntingdonshire.
Old Bridge Hotel, Huntingdon Needingworth St Ives Parish Church
Old Bridge Hotel, Huntingdon   Needingworth   St Ives Parish Church
         
St Ives Bridge   St Ives Broadway   Southoe
St Ives Bridge   St Ives Broadway   Southoe
 
Posters
The posters collection at The Norris Museum cover a wide range of topics relating to life in Huntingdonshire mainly from the late 1800s and early 1900s. These include elections, events, property sales and public notices.
Man Devil Poster
Man Devil Poster
 
Printed Papers
Somewhere between printed books and manuscripts, the information in these miscellaneous items may fill in some gaps in your research.
Lieutenant-Colonel Humbley’s list of the battles he fought in, 1807-15 Fishing on the Ouse, from a magazine of 1883
Lieutenant-Colonel Humbley’s list of the battles he fought in, 1807-15 Fishing on the Ouse, from a magazine of 1883
 
Prints watercolours drawings
A varied collection of more than a thousand pictures, ranging from beautiful watercolours that we display in our art gallery to prints and rough sketches that don't always have any artistic merit but may tell you something new about the local landscape and buildings.
Watercolour of St Ives by Garden Fraser Skating scene by Whymper watercolour of Alconbury Weston by Janet Garrood
Watercolour of St Ives by Garden Fraser Skating scene by Whymper Watercolour of Alconbury Weston by Janet Garrood