View the highlights of the collection organised into small subsets by theme.

Examples of highlights sets include exhibition previews, popular objects from the collection or simply representative samples of the collection.

Use the Search page to search for word(s) located anywhere in any record. For example, an object Simple Search on the word wood will return all objects which are made of wood, and objects which have Wood in a place name, and objects associated with any person named Wood.

You can choose to search on Object or Person records, and can limit your results to only records that have images.


You can search on an exact phrase by placing quote marks around the words. For example, "cricket bat" will find only records with these two words together, rather than in different parts of the record.

Records containing more than one term anywhere in the text

Place “+” before each term, or connect the terms by placing AND between them. E.g. bat AND wood

Exclude records containing a particular term

Place “–“ in front of the term you wish to exclude, or type AND NOT between the terms. E.g. +bat –plastic This will find records containing the word ‘Greek’ and without the word ‘vase’.


To search for records that contain variations of the same word, use “*” after the common part of the word. E.g. mini* would find records with the word mini or miniature.

Use the Advanced Search page to search only a specific collection and to search on one or more pieces of information in combination.

Search prompts in Advanced Searches will behave in one of the following ways:

  • Scroll box allowing multiple terms to be selected (e.g. Sport Type, Object Type)
  • Text Prompt allowing any search text to be entered (e.g. Object Title)

Result pages

The website offers the three default display modes for your results:

  • List view: The briefest view, with identifying information for each record displayed as a single line of a list
  • Label view: Basic identifying and descriptive information
  • Lightbox view: An image-based view, with only basic identifying information

To switch between display modes click on the list, label or lightbox icon on the results page. You can click on the image or linked record text to go to the Detail view for a specific result.


Your shortlist is a place to keep a separate list of results that are interesting or relevant to you. Use the ‘add to shortlist’ or ‘add all to shortlist’ buttons to build up your shortlist. You can use ‘go to shortlist’ to view the shortlist and you can use the ‘remove’ buttons to remove records from your shortlist.