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Collection Summary

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Archaeology Collection
The collections range from date Prehistory to Roman and Medieval Cumbria and include important excavation archives and significant collections by R Ferguson, R Harkness, J Robinson, R Darbishire, J E C Carrick, R Fisher, the Netherby Hall collection and Tullie House excavations 1892-3.

Prehistoric material dates from 8,000 BC and represents a range of material associated with stone axe and flint tool making, bronze tool making, pottery and jewellery making. Important items are the Bewcastle bronze cauldron, Edenhall cup and ring marked stone, Bronze Age stone spear-mould from Croglin, gold neck-ring from Greysouthern, Great Langdale Neolithic factory site stone implements and weapons, Cherry flint collection, Macdonald flint collection. There is also a range of personal dress ornaments, horse harness, quern and grinding stones, spinning and weaving equipment. The Roman collection held by the museum is very strong and includes material relating to Military activities from Carlisle's two forts, excavations from the western part of Hadrian's Wall from sites such as Birdoswald, Stanwix, and Burgh by Sands. There is a range of material relating to civilian and military life including pottery, glassware, leatherwork, coins, dress, equipment, weapons, tools, writing implements, vehicle fittings, lamps, keys/locks, games and building materials, jewellery, sculpture, domestic activities and burials. There are also Roman inscribed and sculpted stones from Carlisle and Hadrian's Wall. Post-Roman material includes a small but good collection of Anglian Viking items including burials at Ormside and Hesket, sculptured stone cross fragments, a Saxon sword, Scotby silver ingots, brooches from Penrith and Casterton, a stone cross grave marker, lintel and stone coffin and coins. Medieval collections are small but wide-ranging and date from the late 10th century to 1603. Items include inscribed and sculpted stone, weapons & military equipment, dress ornaments, pottery and other domestic finds from the city, Guild items, Racing bells, Corporation silver and plate, Medieval city bell, chest & stocks, Elizabethan weights & measures, tools, mortars, quern and grinding stones and information about the Blackfriars monastery.
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01/01/1066 -
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Location Details

Tullie House Museum And Art Gallery
Tullie House Castle Street Carlisle CA3 8TP
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01228 810249 
Building Information
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery was established in 1893 and has undergone major redevelopment in the last decade, including the addition of a new gallery in 2001.
Collections Overview
Considerable size and scope of collection themes including Roman archaeology relating to Cumbria such as material associated with Hadrian's Wall together with Viking, Medieval and Prehistoric material from the area. Collections also cover social history, natural history, geology and fine & decorative art, including 18th-20th century British paintings, English porcelain and 18th-19th century costume and textiles.
Display Overview
Permanent displays covering all aspects of human and natural history of the area. This includes Prehistoric, Roman and Medieval archaeological, the story of the Border Rievers, , the Civil War, more recent social and local history from c.1700 to the present day, a Wildlife Gallery and displays of local geology. Old Tullie House contains Pre-Raphaelite paintings, Arts and Crafts movement furniture, textiles, art pottery and metalware. The Carlisle Millennium Gallery was added in 2001 to provide further display space for the local history collections. The Special Exhibitions Gallery and the Art Gallery also feature parts of the collection in the temporary exhibition programmes. Tullie House Museum also maintains a biological records database of over 200,000 wildlife sightings in Cumbrian and holds the geological sites database for the Cumbria area.
Star Objects
Bronze Age stone spear-mould from Croglin; gold neck-ring from Greysouthern; Roman inscribed and sculpted stones from Carlisle and Hadrian's Wall; Dark Age objects from Viking burials at Ormside and Hesket; Saxon sword; Medieval city bell, chest & stocks; Elizabethan weights & measures; an internationally important violin made by Andrea Amati of Cremona c.1564; Cumbrian mineral specimens; 18th and early 19th century English porcelain; fine art collections; local birds & mammals.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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