Top collections in the Midlands

The places we care for in the Midlands house some of the most interesting, important and unusual collections in the country. These are some of the highlights chosen by our curators.

A photo of the painting Excavations at Pompeii by Jakob Philipp Hackert

Attingham Park 

Extravagent spending in the wild Regency age, financial ruin, and astute purchases with an Italian theme is the focus for Attingham's collection.

Painting of Venice by Canaletto

Upton House and Gardens 

Discover the treasures collected by Lord Bearsted over his lifetime. From rare porcelain to paintings by a wide variety of famous artists. All on display throughout the house just as they were in Lord Bearsted’s time.

Children looking at the collection in the Saloon at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Calke Abbey 

Owned by a family of avid collectors who never threw anything away, Calke Abbey is home to a vast collection of objects, from shining silver and the silk State Bed, to rusting metal and peeling wallpaper.

The Ogilvy Map. The first road map of England, in the Library at Belton House, Lincolnshire.

Belton House 

The highlights of Belton’s collections lie in four areas; late 17th century English portraiture, silver, oriental ceramics, and books.

Close up of the cut velvet shell bedhead

Hardwick 

Discover the internationally renowned collection at Hardwick, including the famous Gideon tapestries, Noble Women embroideries and fine collections of painting and portraits.

The painted glass window on the Nursery landing at Wightwick Manor

Wightwick Manor and Gardens 

Explore a home full of Pre-Raphaelite art and William Morris interiors, lovingly collected by Sir Geoffrey and Rosalie, Lady Mander.

collection returning

Croome 

Many items from Croome’s collection have returned after years of being away from home. Select pieces are now on show in the house.