World Collections

Our varied and diverse collections include an eclectic mix of small items from around the world. Donated principally during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century by local people, these collections offer a fascinating reflection of the travels and interests of our forebears.

Asian Decorative Arts

This fine collection is comprised of largely 19th Century Japanese and Chinese decorative objects along with a small range of decorative and everyday objects collected in India and the Middle East. The Japanese collection is particularly strong, with fine examples of intricately detailed swords and swords furniture, carved ivory netsuke beautiful lacquered inro.


Dr Fraser, president of the Dudley and Midlands Geological and Scientific Society, and medical practitioner in Wolverhampton, bequeathed his collection of geological specimens in 1911.  Numbering over 7,000 specimens and almost entirely composed of British fossils, the collection represents all main groups, though most stages of geological history. The bequest is rich in Silurian corals, bryozoans, trilobites and brachiopods from the Dudley Limestone and Much Wenlock Limestone formation. Many specimens are of excellent quality and come from localities which no longer exist.


A small but interesting collection of Mediterranean ceramics and roman glass is the result of donations made between 1888 and 1908 by the Brassey family, Councillor H Beresford Jones and the Mander family of nearby Wightwick Manor. No field collecting was ever undertaken by the museum service.

Dolls and Baskets

Daisy and Monica Mander, who travelled and collected extensively during the early twentieth century, gathered indigenous handmade crafts during their foreign trips. Beautiful costumed dolls and baskets from Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Europe were subsequently donated and now form a useful and interesting educational resource.

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