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Highlights from our collections

In the Midlands we have over 150,000 items in our collections, from intricate furniture to dramatic art works, detailed ceramics to letters and diaries from the people who have resided at the places we care for.

To help you on your way to discovering more we have pulled together some of our highlights.

More of our collections

Many of the items within our collections are rarely on display for conservation reasons, plus with so many we don't have the space to have them all out.

To make sure you don't miss out on anything we look after we have recorded all of the 150,000 plus items in one place.

Penelope: a new chapter

This year we've been celebrating the return of the Penelope embroidery to Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, after three very busy years conserving it.

In the 1570s Bess of Hardwick commissioned five embroidery hangings, including this one depicting the wife of Ulysses.

New portrait comes to Croome

A new portrait of Maria Gunning has arrived at Croome. An interesting figure, Maria moved there when she married the 6th Earl of Coventry.

The portrait was purchased at auction by Lord Flight and donated in November 2013 and is now undergoing conservation before going on display.