York Castle Museum’s collections have all been awarded ‘designated’ status for their national and international importance.
Collections include the thousands of items on display in the museum and many more items that are behind the scenes in storage.
The costume collection is one of the largest in Britain. It includes men’s, women’s and children’s clothes and accessories, household furnishings and needlework, and covers over two hundred years.
The military collection includes the best collection of swords, the most comprehensive collection of firearms and the finest collection of sixteenth and seventeenth century armour in a regional British museum.
The Social History collection has more than 98,000 items relating to the everyday lives of people in Britain and is one of the best in the country.
Winner of Sandford Award 1987, 1993, 1998, 2006.