Religious Museums

The Religion, Collections and Heritage Group wants to raise the profile of religious collections. The following is an attempt to start finding out what is where, by listing the museums and exhibitions that use their collections to tell a religious or related story. We shall welcome comments and suggested additions. 

ENGLAND

Bedfordshire

Bedford: John Bunyan Museum (Congregational/Baptist)

Bedford: Panacea Museum

Elstow Moot Hall

Berkshire

Reading: Berkshire Freemasons Library & Museum

Birmingham

Birmingham Oratory Newman Museum

Bristol

Charles Wesley’s House (Methodist)

The New Room Museum (Methodist)

Buckinghamshire

Chalfont St. Giles: Milton’s Cottage

Olney: Cowper & Newton Museum

Cambridgeshire

Ely Cathedral Stained Glass Museum

Cheshire

Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum (Primitive Methodist)

Runcorn: Norton Priory Museum

Cornwall

Baldhu: Billy Bray’s Chapel (Methodist)

Boscastle: Museum of Witchcraft & Magic

Redruth: Busveal Chapel Visitor Centre

Trewint: Wesley Cottage (Methodist)

County Durham

Bishop Auckland: Weardale Museum (Methodist)

Bishop Auckland: Faith Museum project

Chester-le-Street: Ankers House Museum, St Mary and St Cuthbert

Durham Cathedral Museum

Irehopesburn: Weardale Museum Wesley Room

Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens

Cumbria

Barrow-in-Furness: Furness Abbey Museum

Carlisle Cathedral Treasury

Kendal: Quaker Tapestry Museum

Derbyshire

Derby: National Sikh Heritage Centre & Holocaust Museum

Dorset

Bridport: Chideock Church Museum

Poole: Dorset Provincial Masonic Museum

Shaftesbury Abbey Museum

East Sussex

Brighton: Doreen Valiente Collection (Pagan)

Brighton: Sussex Masonic Museum

Essex

Southend-on-Sea: Prittlewell Priory

Stansted Mountfitchet: Britten Memorial Museum, Arthur Findlay College (Spiritualist)

Wickford: Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex library & museum

Gloucestershire

Hailes Abbey Museum

Lydney Park Roman temple, gardens and museum

Greater Manchester

The House of Wisdom Exhibition, British Muslim Heritage Centre

Manchester Jewish Museum

Hampshire

Beaulieu Abbey and Monastic Life Exhibition

Portsmouth: Genesis Expo (Creation Science Movement)

Winchester Cathedral Kings & Scribes exhibition

Herefordshire

Hereford: St John Medieval Museum and Coningsby Hospital

Hereford Cathedral: Mappa Mundi & Chained Library Exhibition

Hertfordshire

St Albans Cathedral The Power of Pilgrimage exhibition

Kent

Canterbury: St Augustine’s Abbey Museum & Exhibition,

Canterbury Cathedral Historic Collections

Canterbury: The Kent Museum of Freemasonry

Ramsgate: Shrine of St Augustine and the National Pugin Centre 

Rochester: Huguenot Museum

Lancashire

Southport Masonic Hall historical collection

Stonyhurst College Historic Collections (Roman Catholic)

Warrington Museum of Freemasonry

Leicestershire

Leicester: Sikh Museum, Guru Teg Bahadur Gurdwara

Leicester: Jain Centre

Leicester: William Carey Museum, Central Baptist Church

Lincolnshire

Epworth Old Rectory (Methodist)

Lincoln Cathedral Connected Project

Lincoln: St Katherine’s Heritage & Cultural Centre

Thornton Abbey Exhibition

Liverpool

Liverpool Cathedral Elizabeth Hoare Gallery

London

All-Hallows-By-The-Tower Crypt Museum

Charterhouse Museum

Fulham Palace Museum

Jewish Museum London

Khalili Collection: Hajj & the Arts of Pilgrimage

London Mithraeum

Museum & Archive, The Swedenborg Society

Montefiore Synagogue textiles (Jewish)

Museum of the Book, London Baptist Church

Museum of Freemasonry

Museum of the Order of St John

Museum of Methodism

The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir: Understanding Hinduism exhibition, Wembley

Sisters of Nazareth Heritage Centre

St Paul’s Cathedral Object Collection

Westminster Abbey Jubilee Galleries

St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral Museum

Westminster Synagogue Czech Memorial Scrolls Museum (Jewish)

Manchester

Manchester Jewish Museum

House of Wisdom, British Muslim Heritage Centre

Newcastle upon Tyne

Wesley Room, Brunswick Methodist Church

Norfolk

The Ickeny Collection – East Anglian Museum of Magic and Mythology

Norwich Cathedral Treasury

Norwich: Norfolk Museum of Freemasonry

Walsingham: Museum of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Roman Catholic)

Walsingham: St Seraphim’s Icon & Railway Heritage Museum (Orthodox)

Northamptonshire

Northampton: New Testament Church of God Heritage Centre

Northumberland

Lindisfarne Priory Museum

Nottinghamshire

Newark: National Holocaust Centre and Museum

Nottingham: The William Booth Birthplace Museum (Salvation Army)

Oxfordshire

Dorchester Abbey Museum

Shrivenham: Museum of Army Chaplaincy

Somerset

Bath: The Roman Baths Museum

Bath: Masonic Hall Museum

Bath: Tafari Gallery, Fairfield House (Rastafarian)

Glastonbury Abbey Museum

South Tyneside

Jarrow Hall: Bede Museum

Staffordshire

Biddulph Grange Geological Gallery (Creationist)

Surrey

Guildford Cathedral Treasury

West Midlands

Sandwell: Bishop Asbury Cottage (Methodist)

Sutton Coldfield: College Museum, St Mary’s College Oscott (Roman Catholic)

West Sussex

Chichester Cathedral Treasury

East Grinstead: Saint Hill Manor (Scientology)

Felpham: William Blake Cottage

Wiltshire

Pewsey: Crop Circle Exhibition & Information Centre

Stonehenge Exhibitions

Worcestershire

Eldersfield: Gadfield Elm Chapel Museum of Mormon History

Worcester: Worcestershire Masonic Library and Museum

Yorkshire

Coxwold: Byland Abbey Museum

Halifax: Mount Zion Methodist Heritage Chapel

Kirklees: Dewsbury Minster Heritage Centre

Leeds: Kirkstall Abbey Visitor Centre

Fulneck Moravian Church & Museum

Rievaulx Abbey Museum

Ripon Cathedral Treasury

Ripon: Porter’s Lodge exhibition, Fountains Abbey

York Minster Undercroft Museum

York: Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre (Roman Catholic)

Whitby Abbey Visitor Centre

WALES

Abergavenny: St Mary’s Priory Tithe Barn

Betws-y-Coed: Ty Mawr Wybrnant (Birthplace of Bishop William Morgan)

Brecon: Howell Harris Museum (Calvinistic Methodist)

Holywell: St Winifride’s Well Museum

Margam Stones Museum

St Asaph Cathedral Museum

St Davids Cathedral Treasury

Dogmael’s Abbey Coach House Visitor Centre

St Teilo’s church, St Fagans, National Museum of Wales

Merthyr Tydfil: Jewish Heritage Centre project

SCOTLAND

Aberdeen: Blairs Museum, The Museum of Scotland’s Catholic Heritage

Arbroath: St Vigeans Sculptured Stones Museum

Biggar: Greenhill Covenanters’ House

Blantyre: David Livingstone Birthplace

Cromarty: Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage and Museum (Free Church)

Dunblane Cathedral: Dunblane Museum

Dunkeld Cathedral Chapter House Museum

Edinburgh: John Knox House

Edinburgh: Grand Lodge Museum, Freemasons’ Hall

Elgin Cathedral Stones Exhibition

Glasgow: St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

Glasgow: Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre

Iona Abbey Museum

Jedburgh Abbey Visitor Centre

Largs: Tyburn Convent Christian Heritage Museum

Lochgoin Covenanters Museum

Paisley Abbey Sacristy Exhibition

St Andrews Cathedral Museum

Whithorn Priory and Museum

NORTHERN IRELAND

Ballymena: Gracehill Old School Museum Room (Moravian)

Downpatrick: St Patrick Visitor Centre

Londonderry: St Columb’s Cathedral Museum

CHANNEL ISLANDS

St Helier: Jersey Masonic Temple Museum

Have we missed anything? If you are aware of a museum specialising in any aspect of religion that you think should be on this list, then please contact us at religionandcollections@gmail.com