Donations during the Covid-19 pandemic
We understand you may have been having a clearout during lockdown and found some interesting objects that you would like to donate to Leicestershire Museums. We appreciate you thinking of offering us items and welcome the opportunity see whether they would be a useful addition to our collections.
As our museums are still closed to the public and our staff continue to work mainly at home, unfortunately we are unable to accept donations at this time. We will continue to review this as the situation develops.
We can consider items via email if you can send us any information you have about the object(s) and a photograph always helps too.
We can’t accept everything that is offered to us, even in normal circumstances. All offers of donation are considered using our Collections Development Policy to guide us. Things we consider are: do we have one already; relevance to Leicestershire people and places; the condition of the object; size (we might not have space for it); what stories can it help us to tell and does it fill a gap in our collections?
We cannot guarantee that an item will go on display in one of our museums, or that it will go on permanent display. Our collections are mainly housed at our Collections Resources Centre, which is open to the public via appointment (currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions), where they can be viewed and studied. We also try to use them in exhibitions and displays at our museum sites; by lending things to other accredited museums and community organisations as well as featuring them on our websites and social media channels.
We will always try to suggest an alternative if we cannot accept your offer.
Harborough Museum’s collections are cared for and managed by the staff of Leicestershire County Council. The Market Harborough Historical Society loans its collection to the County Council for display and use in the museum.
Most of the objects in the collection have been donated by local people, groups, businesses and organisations. Only a very few have been purchased by the museum. We rely on these kind gifts to make sure that the museum continues to tell the changing story of Market Harborough and its surroundings.
If you think that you have something that we should add to the collections, please use the form below to contact us.