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What's In Store

For a local museum we have surprisingly diverse and extensive collections.

This means that only 1% of our collections are on permanent display. Behind the scenes we care for many objects, artefacts and paper records, which require careful handling and managed environments. This includes temperature and humidity controls, controls of pests, fungi and other elements that may potential damage or infest collection items. All accredited museums have a duty of care for their collections and we work hard to keep them safe for future generations to enjoy and learn from.

Ogilvie Store

The Ogilvie Store is equipped with a roller racking system that holds in excess of 150,000 specimens, in a dehumidified environment. This is by far the largest collection in the Museum, and includes, insects, plants, shells, birds, reptiles and mammals, with approximately 6,000 geological samples. Many important local collections are housed here such as the Griffiths collection of seaweeds and algae, and the Ashe collection of British beetles, but the store also holds many thousands of exotic and tropical species especially insects and shells. Our collection of around 50,000 pictorial and documentation items are housed in the Museum’s newest store and consists of many separate collections, made by local figures, keen collectors and members of the Torquay Museum Society.

Pictorial Archive

Our collection of around 50,000 pictorial and documentation items are housed in the Museum’s newest store and consists of many separate collections, made by local figures, keen collectors and members of the Torquay Museum Society. Our collection of around 50,000 pictorial and documentation items are housed in the Museum’s newest store and consists of many separate collections, made by local figures, keen collectors and members of the Torquay Museum Society. Our collection of around 50,000 pictorial and documentation items are housed in the Museum’s newest store and consists of many separate collections, made by local figures, keen collectors and members of the Torquay Museum Society.

Material Cultures Store

This store contains all our Material Culture objects and artefacts, from both the local area and around the world. Some of these are happy housed on shelves, boxes, catalogued and ordered. Others are carefully hung on racking, such as a number of weapons, including arrows that we handle with extra care due to the poison still on their tips. This store contains all our Material Culture objects and artefacts, from both the local area and around the world. Some of these are happy housed on shelves, boxes, catalogued and ordered. Others are carefully hung on racking, such as a number of weapons, including arrows that we handle with extra care due to the poison still on their tips.

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