Collections and publications
What's in our collection?
We have a collection of over 28,000 social history objects, 40,000 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 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 beautifully illustrated book features the latest research on Wood's life and work.
Memories of Stafford's shoe making and related industries in the 20th century, illustrated with previously unpublished photographs.
Voices from the Edge
Life in three communties on the edge of Staffordshire: Alstonefield, Audley and Tutbury, illustrated with previously unpublished photographs.
Children on the Move
This book tells the story of evacuees in Staffordshire, using interviews with some of the many people evacuated to the county as children during World War II and additional material drawn from archival sources. The book is illustrated throughout with period images and features numerous memories from both evacuees and local people.
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