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Ranging from tiny insects to large industrial machinery, from everyday household objects to artworks by world-famous artists our collection covers a vast array of topics, time and themes including:

  • Archaeology
  • Social and Industrial History
  • Visual Arts
  • Archives
  • Natural History
  • Coventry Collections Website

Housing approximately 320,000 objects, the Herbert’s collection is one of Coventry’s most important cultural assets and a priceless resource for engagement, learning and creativity.

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If you have an enquiry or would like to discuss the possibility of donating an item to, or borrowing an item from Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, please contact us by email in the first instance at


We hold objects excavated from sites in and around Coventry, dating from the Bronze Age to the post-medieval period.

Social and Industrial History

The Herbert's Social and Industrial History collection charts the history and development of Coventry and the lives and experiences of its people, past and present. It covers all aspects of life in Coventry.

Visual Arts

Our fine visual arts collection includes paintings, drawings and sculptures as well as contemporary digital works.


Coventry History Centre is the place to research local and family history, using large collections of historical material, including the City's Archives.

Natural History

Our natural history collection of around 180,000 specimens covers most aspects of the natural world.

Coventry Collections Website

Explore the objects, artworks and archives held by Coventry Archives, Coventry Transport Museum and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum