Collections and publications

What's in our collection?

We have a collection of over 25,000 social history objects, 35,000 photographs and 1,800 items of fine and decorative art, which covers 200 years of Staffordshire history.

The subjects covered in the collection include:

  • toys and games,
  • historic dress and textiles,
  • local shops and public houses,
  • sport and entertainment,
  • warfare and defence,
  • rural trades and crafts.

You can also explore the collections online through Gateway to the Past.

Please note: Our reserve collections are available to view by appointment.


The publications below are available to purchase from the Shire Hall Gallery.

Thomas Peploe Wood

A new publication celebrating this little known but important and talented Great Haywood born artist.

T.P. Wood (1817-1845) was working in the 1830s and 1840s - his work is an invaluable record of Staffordshire at this time. This generously illustrated book features the latest research on Wood's life and work.

Price: £7

Lasting Impressions 

Memories of Stafford's shoe making and related industries in the 20th century, illustrated with previously unpublished photographs.

Price: £5

A History of Crime and Punishment in Staffordshire

Accompanying the Exhibition in Court One at the Shire Hall Gallery, this book has a full history of Stafford's courts from Norman times to the present day, first hand accounts of life inside Stafford Gaol and details of the county's famous (and not so famous) cases such as those of William Palmer the Rugeley Poisoner and George Edalji, eventually proven innocent by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 

Price: £6

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