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Collections Search

Currently there are no images being displayed on our collection search website. We are working to fix the issue. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

John and Joséphine created an eclectic collection and it was their wish that the public always had access to it. 

This collections search allows you to delve into the rich and diverse Museum collections, its reference library and archive material.  Visitors to the Museum can see many of the objects on display, but there are many more behind the scenes which you can uncover through this comprehensive search facility. 

We are constantly updating and adding images to our online collections, adding information about newly acquired objects, and adding catalogue entries in the library and archive.  To begin searching our collections, library and archive click on the image below of the 18th century Japenese porcelain tiger.   This search gives you access to the diverse collection of objects and artefacts, which is different from the site search which appears at the top right hand corner of each page.



To help you find what you are looking for, please see the notes below:

Notes for searchers

Simple search

This allows you to search all three databases (Museum objects, library and archive) for a single word that appears in the title [or description].

Advanced search

You can search only one database at a time using the Advanced Search facility.  Make sure you use the drop-down list to select the appropriate database.  However, you can search in a number of fields that are not searched using the Simple Search.

Expert Search

You can search only one database at a time using the Expert Search facility.  Make sure you use the drop-down list to select the appropriate database.   However, you can use the drop-down lists to select the field(s) to be searched.  If you want to use more than one field, click on the plus sign (+) to add additional search fields.

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