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Museum collections

Since the 1920s, Wakefield Council Museum Service has acquired over 120,000 historic objects and works of art on behalf of Wakefield District's residents and visitors.

Identifications and offers of donation

Our Collections Team are happy to identify items or consider new donations for our museum collections. This service is available on our Meet the Curator afternoons at Wakefield Museum (Meet the Curator), Pontefract Museum (Meet the Curator) and Castleford Museum (Meet the Curator), or by e-mailing to make an appointment with one of our curators.

Our Museum Service is guided by an Acquisition and Disposal Policy and the museum service will make a decision whether to accept your donation based on our existing collections, our collecting priorities, current legislation and Council policy.

A more specialist identification for archaeological finds can be provided at Pontefract Museum and Wakefield Museum by the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS). Dates of these sessions will be advertised here when available.


Wakefield Council Museum Service cannot provide valuations for items brought in by the public. For valuations, please contact an auction house or antiques dealer.

Reminiscence boxes

​We now have five museum reminiscence boxes available for loan through the library service.The boxes contain a collection of multi-sensory objects, including photographs, smells and sounds. Most of the items are authentic, some are modern reproductions, but all of them can be handled.

More information

Collections Online

At any one time we are only able to display a small percentage of the objects at our three museums and two castles across Wakefield District. The online catalogues below are a way for you to see those objects that may not be on display. We hope you enjoy searching the collections.