Natural History - Geology

This table of information about Natural History and Geology collections has been compiled under the auspices of the North West Federation of Museums - is sets out to give a very broad overview of all collections in museums in North West England. The other sections will appear on the NW Federation of Museums own Website which is in preparation; once it is on-line I will put a link here to the site.

The Fenscore survey concentrated just on these two types of collection and was far more detailed; it also included collections in non-museum institutions, schools, colleges, National Trust properties etc. The two surveys are complementary, and this section of The Collected Collections is copied here for the convenience of researchers. If nothing else, it shows the large number of NW museums that have no natural science material.


Allerdale Borough Museums : Helena Thompson Museum - Workington; Keswick Museum & Art Gallery;  Maryport Maritime Museum Manx National Heritage : Castle Rushen; Laxey Wheel & Lead Mines; Manx Museum; Peel Castle & House of Manannan; St Mary's Chapel, the Old Grammar School - Castletown
Armitt Trust Museum & Library - Ambleside Museum of Science & Industry - Manchester
Astley Green Colliery Museum - Tyldesley Museum of the King's Own Royal Regiment - Lancaster
Barrow in Furness Museums Service : Dock Museum Nantwich Museum
Beacon, The - Whitehaven National Museum of Labour History - Manchester : Pump House
Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside : Liverpool Museum; Walker Art Gallery; Lady Lever Art Gallery; Sudley House; Oratory; Maritime Museum; Museum of Liverpool Life; HM Customs & Excise Museum
Boat Museum - Ellesmere Port Norton Priory Museum
Bolton Museums & Art Gallery Oldham Museums : Oldham Museum; Oldham Art Gallery
Bury Art Gallery and Museum incl. Lewis Textile Museum Penrith Museum
Carlisle City Museums : Guildhall Museum;  Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Peter Scott Gallery - Lancaster University
Catalyst - Widnes Quarry Bank Mill
Cheshire Military Museum Queen's Lancashire Regiment Museum - Preston
Cheshire Museums : Museum Services Unit; Salt Museum; Stretton Watermill Ravenglass Railway Museum
Chester Museums Service : Grosvenor Museum; Heritage Centre; King Charles Tower; Water Tower Regimental Museum of the Border Regiment & Kings Own Border Regiment - Carlisle
Chorley Arts & Museums Service : Astley Hall Museum & Art Gallery Ribchester Roman Museum
City of Liverpool : Croxteth Hall & Country Park Rochdale Museum & Art Gallery
Cumbria Police Museum - Penrith Rochdale Pioneers Museum
Dove Cottage & Wordsworth Museum Rossendale Museum
Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum of Primitive Methodism - Crewe Ruskin Museum - Coniston
Fusiliers Museum Lancashire, The - Bury Saddleworth Museum & Art Gallery
Greater Manchester Police Museum Salford Museums & Art Galleries : Lancashire Mining Museum; Ordsall Hall Museum; Salford Museum & Art Gallery
Grundy Art Gallery - Blackpool Sefton Museums : Atkinson Art Gallery - Southport; Bootle Free Museum & Art Gallery Collections; (museum closed); Botanic Gardens Museum - Southport
Harris Museum & Art Gallery - Preston Senhouse Roman Museum
Haworth Art Gallery - Accrington South Ribble Museum & Exhibition Centre - Leyland
Heritage Trust for the North West (Pendle Heritage Centre) St. Helens Museum & Art Gallery
Heron Corn Mill & Paper Museum - Milnthorpe Stockport Heritage Services : Stockport Museum; Bramall Hall; Lyme Hall; Stockport Art Gallery; Hatting Museum; Stockport Air Raid Shelters ; Chadkirk Chapel
Lake District Art Gallery & Museum Trust : Abbot Hall Art Gallery - Kendal; Kendal Museum of Natural History & Archaeology; Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry - Kendal Tameside Museum Service : Astley Cheetham Art Gallery - Stalybridge; Museum of the Manchesters - Ashton-u-Lyne; Portland Basin Industrial Heritage Centre; Town Hall Civic Silver Displays
Lancashire County Museum Service : Judges' Lodgings - Lancaster; Fleetwood Museum; County & Regimental Museum - Preston; Turton Tower - Bolton; Helmshore Textile Museums - Rossendale; Lancaster Museum; Lancaster Maritime Museum; Cottage Museum; Roman Bath House; St. Patrick's Chapel, Heysham; Town Hall Collections Towneley Hall Art Gallery & Museums - Burnley : Towneley Hall; Museum of Local Crafts & Industries; Natural History Centre & Aquarium
Lancaster City Museums : Lancaster Museum; Lancaster Maritime Museum; Cottage Museum; Roman Bath House; St. Patrick's Chapel, Heysham; Town Hall Collections University of Liverpool : Art Gallery & Collections; Museum of Archaeology & Oriental Studies; Museum of Dentistry
Littleborough Museum University of Manchester : Jodrell Bank Science Centre; Tabley House; The Manchester Museum; Whitworth Art Gallery
Macclesfield Museums Trust : Macclesfield Silk Museum; Paradise Mill; West Park Museum & Art Gallery Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
Manchester City Art Galleries : Athenaeum; City Art Gallery; Fletcher Moss; Heaton Hall; Platt Hall; Queen's Park Art Gallery; Wythenshawe Hall Weaver's Triangle Visitor Centre
Manchester Jewish Museum Wigan Heritage Service : Wigan Pier Heritage Centre; Hindley Museum; Powell Gallery; Trencherfield Mill; History Shop
Manchester Transport Museum - Heaton Park, Manchester Windermere Steamboat Museum
Wirral Museum & Art Gallery Services - Birkenhead : Williamson Art Gallery & Museum; Birkenhead Priory; St Mary's Tower; Shore Road Pumping Station; Woodside Visitor Centre