Close up of a relief on an Etruscan urn

University of Nottingham Museum

The Museum of Archaeology is free to visit and open to everyone.

Visiting the Museum

The University of Nottingham Museum is located on University Park Campus. You will find the museum between the Department of Museum and Djanogly Art Gallery.

Admission to the Museum is free.


University Museum
Lakeside Arts Centre
University Park Campus
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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Thursday - Sunday:
12 noon - 4pm

University of Nottingham Museum of Archaeology

Latest exhibition: Cultures of Cloth in the Medieval East Midlands

Thursday 16 September - Sunday 20 February

Free admission

Textiles were the most important manufactured product in the medieval world and this exhibition looks at the archaeology of medieval cloth production and consumption.

The midlands were a major centre for sheep farming and cloth making, which we can see in the remains of deserted medieval settlements and through spinning and weaving tools. English woollen cloth and imported luxury linens and silks were valuable commodities and were used by medieval people to display their wealth and status through their use in clothing and furnishings. Together, the objects in this exhibition show how textiles drew together networks of farmers, craftspeople and merchants across the medieval world and wove together the fabric of medieval life.

The exhibition is curated by Dr Chris King (Department of Classics and Archaeology) and brings together collections from across the east midlands.

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Updates from the Museum


Explore the new Museum exhibition - Cultures of Cloth in the Medieval East Midlands

The latest exhibition at the University Museum is curated by Dr Chris King (Department of Classics and Archaeology) and brings together collections from across the east midlands.

Medals in Museum Collections - Friday 29 January

Programme and registration information for the Money and Medals Network East Midlands online training event on Friday 29 January.

University of Nottingham Museum awarded Culture Recovery Fund support

The University of Nottingham Museum has been awarded £61,160 as part of the Government's £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF).
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Museum Spotlight Tour: Cultures of Cloth in the Medieval East Midlands

13/11/2021 (12:00-14:00)
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Join one of three Spotlight Tours - 12noon, 12.45pm and 1.30pm - for a look at the archaeology of medieval cloth production and consumption in the medieval world. Presented as part of the University of Nottingham Museum exhibition 'Cultures of Cloth in Medieval East Midlands'.

About the Museum

The University of Nottingham Museum is an award-winning museum that holds a collection of mainly regional archaeology covering a 250,000 year period. There are also smaller collections from Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Egypt. One of the strengths of the collection is that it provides an insight into everyday life over this long period of time.

The Museum enjoys working with university, community, regional, national and international partners in the development of its Learning and Public Programme, including Exhibitions, which have current research, Knowledge Exchange and consultation at its core.

The Museum is managed by Clare Pickersgill, Museum Keeper.


Learning and Public Programme

The Learning Programme includes:

  • KS1 and KS2 projects for Primary Schools all the way through to Life Long Learning and teaching and research projects with undergraduate and postgraduate students from a wide range of departments.

The Museum’s Public Programmes include:

  • The successful lunchtime lecture Archaeology NOW, bringing regional, national and international speakers to Nottingham
  • Ancient Craft with craft specialists
  • Nottinghamshire History and Archaeology Festival which brings together local history, archaeology and heritage societies, museums, heritage sites, university departments, and experimental archaeologists with 60 community groups participating over the last seven years.
Stall holders at the Nottinghamshire History and Archaeology Festival

Bilsthorpe Heritage and Mining Museum displaying collections, research and heritage at the Nottinghamshire History and Archaeology Festival


Exhibition programme

The Exhibition Programme includes national touring exhibitions and also brings together regional collections from around the country. Previous exhibitions include:

  • Viking: Rediscover the Legend - the largest exhibition to leave the British Museum and York Museums Trust
  • The Thinking Room the exhibition and book by Resident Artist Carol Adlam that won a World Illustration Award 2018

The Museum also works with the School of Humanities to display the Student Showcase in which the students curate their own exhibitions.

Viking: Rediscover the Legend exhibition at the University museumViking: Rediscover the Legend. Previous exhibition from the British Museum and York Museums Trust.



Other Partnerships include participation in the British Museum International Training Programme in which the Museum welcomes international colleagues each year to share experiences.

The Museum is also the regional centre for the British Museum Money and Medals Subject Specialist Network which trains regional museum and collections colleagues in the care, recording and access of coins, medals and badges.

Partnership Nottinghamshire supports community groups to study the collections from their communities and/or take them back into the community for outreach work.

All of this work would not be possible without the wonderful volunteers that help the Museum. The Volunteer Training Programme brings together students and community.

Close up of a volunteer handling archaeological artefacts from the Museums collections

Mammoth tooth


As we move forward, at this time, the Museum is working in different ways to provide access to its collections. Please contact us for further information.

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National Lottery Heritage Fund
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