Our Collections

Museum of Enfield

Museum of Enfield Collections

Mission Statement

"Enfield Museum Service will bring together and celebrate the history and diversity of Enfield; its people and places. By collecting, caring for and interpreting objects, we will create opportunities for everyone to experience, learn from and enjoy the past and present."

The collections date from the earliest periods to the present day and include:

A social history collection

Items relating to community, domestic, family, personal and working life, largely dating from the Victorian period to the present day. This includes historical costumes and locally produced goods and items. Approximately 2,500 of these items serve as an educational handling collection.

A fine and applied art collection

This consists of pictures in all media, ceramics, glass and furniture.

Natural history specimens

The collection includes; rocks and minerals, fossils and mounted animals, insects, and birds' eggs collected during the Victorian period.

Archaeological artefacts

These artefacts originate from excavations within the borough. Items of particular note include a rare Roman lead coffin and a glass flagon.

Enfield Museum is an accredited museum compliant with the requirements of the Arts Council England Scheme concerning Acquisition and Disposal of collections. For more details, see our current Collections Development Policy

Donations and Loans

Enfield Museum is happy to consider offers of donations or loans which meet the criteria set out in our collecting policy (link above). This includes:

  • Objects that illustrate the local, social and political history of the London Borough of Enfield
  • Provenanced material made, used or associated with the borough and its inhabitants

We are especially interested in collecting material relating to the new communities that have settled in the borough, and any items that help fill in the gaps in the borough's celebrated but largely unrepresented industrial past.

We may decline an offer if:

  • We have examples in our collection already
  • The offer would be more suited to another museum or collection. We will provide contact details for suggested alternatives

If you have anything you would be interested in donating please contact Enfield Museums Service via email: enfield.museum.service@enfield.gov.uk, providing details of the object or material with an image