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Collection Summary

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Arms & Armour Collection
A small collection of Arms and Armour. Designated
Arms and Armour
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Location Details

Aston Hall
Trinity Road Aston Birmingham B6 6JD United Kingdom
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0121 327 0062
0121 327 7162 
Visiting Information
Free Admission. Open Easter to the end of October Tuesday to Sunday 11.30am to 4pm. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays.
Building Information
Grade I listed. Aston Hall was built between 1618 and 1635, and is a nationally outstanding example of Jacobean architecture. The Hall has remained largely unchanged since the 1770s, though sympathetic works were carried out by James Watt the younger between c.1819 and 1836. The plasterwork ceilings and friezes in the Long gallery and the Great Dining Room, the woodwork of the Great Staircase and the stonework of the chimney-pieces are of notable importance. In 1858 Aston Hall became the first country house in England to be opened to the public as a museum. It was acquired by Birmingham City Council in 1864, even though it then stood outside the City boundaries.
Collections Overview
The Hall contains important collections of furniture, textiles, metalwork, ceramics and paintings, mainly reflecting its history during the 17th. and 18th.C.
Display Overview
The house is presented through a sequence of period rooms.
Star Objects
Spectacular 41-metre (136ft) long gallery, with elaborate ceilings and large-scale 17th-century tapestries. The elaborately carved staircase, complete with cannonball damage. The original ornate plasterwork ceilings, dating back to the 17th century. The 14th-century oak chest, the oldest object in the house, made out of a hollowed oak trunk and bound with iron.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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