Treasures from the Collection

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The collection at Dunham, amassed over the past 300 years by the Booth and Grey families, is one of the largest in the National Trust, numbering over 25,000 objects.

The Booths and Greys

Rather than throw things away, the family stored their possessions, leaving a varied and occasionally unexpected range of objects. The changes, brought about by the recreation of the Stamford Hospital, offered a unique opportunity to show some of these treasures in a different way.

'Treasures from the collection'

After you’ve visited the Stamford Hospital you’ll find ‘Treasures from the Collection’, an exhibition bringing together some of the items that have been moved from the hospital rooms, bringing a new perspective to the collection. Away from the busy setting of their historic rooms these treasures shine as individual pieces. The items on display have been singled out because of their meaning to the family, their importance within the collection or their broader significance revealing the tastes, fashions and technologies of the time in which they were made.

What’s in the exhibition?

It's hard to define as there’s quite a variety; from beautiful, decorative objects to practical items kept ‘just in case’, fine ceramics and sturdy furniture, and items that are representative of Booths and Greys who have lived at Dunham over the centuries. Together the objects in this room show the diverse and unique nature of a country house collection.