Collections

From Charles Dickens’ personal artefacts to more than 10,000 fine and decorative art pieces (via a huge array of natural history specimens and a whole host of military history items), our collections tell the history of Portsmouth and its people. Items in our collections total hundreds of thousands, all belonging to Portsmouth City Council and maintained for the people of the city and all our visitors.

Our museum collections are split into specific categories, to allow us to more easily manage the great many items we maintain and preserve. See the Information About our Collections pages for all the key information and to see the kinds of thing each one will contain.

Our Stories section details some of the fascinating tales behind some of our museums and collections – so settle in to read these intriguing tales we couldn’t tell in the museums themselves.

Also, check back soon for our Online Collections – which is set to launch later this year. Here you’ll be able to browse through a whole catalogue of our artefacts, and get insight into the collection by browsing across themes and interests.