Research Guide
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Family and local history research This page provides information on how to research family and local history using material in the museum’s collection and archive.  It also provides links to the catalogue of maps, books and archive material held by the museum. … Read More

17th and early 18th century
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The 17th and early 18th century provide the museum’s first closely dateable artefacts, prints and books. Items on display The museum has few artefacts from this period, but covers the enclosure of Malvern Chase (1630s) and the English Civil War … Read More

Tudor Collection
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Tudor Malvern At the beginning of the Tudor period, Great Malvern had an important Benedictine monastery. The small town had a market place in front of the monastery gates. There was a separate parish church, dedicated to St Thomas on … Read More

Medieval Collection
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Items from Great Malvern Priory church The medieval collection at Malvern Museum is built around a significant number of items on loan from Great Malvern Priory church. These include carved stonework, timbers and medieval tiles. They probably all originally came from the … Read More

Prehistoric and Roman
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Prehistoric and Roman Malvern The prehistoric heritage of Malvern is dominated by the two Iron-Age hill forts at the southern end of the Malvern Hills. The museum has a display board about British Camp (Herefordshire Beacon) and Midsummer Hill. A … Read More

Geology and natural history
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The geology collection The Malvern Hills are formed of hard igneous rocks dating from the Precambrian period (600 million year ago (MYA)).  To the west are softer sedimentary rocks of the Silurian period (440 MYA) which are rich in fossils, … Read More

Collection and Archive
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The museum collections and archive Malvern Museum has over 8,000 items in its collection.  Some of the larger artefacts are on permanent display. These include the medieval stonework and timbers on loan from Great Malvern priory church.   The museum displays many … Read More

Gatehouse Restoration
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Updates on Priory Gatehouse Restoration June 2018: Completion of current restoration phase 4 The final stage of Phase 4 was signed off in the summer 2018. The medieval stonework within the archway has been stripped of its cement render. The … Read More

History of the Gatehouse
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Priory Gatehouse or Abbey Gateway? The Priory Gatehouse had been the entry point for the Benedictine Priory of Great Malvern for several centuries before the monastery was surrendered to the Crown in 1539.  Two hundred years later the building was being referred to … Read More

Explore the Museum
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Peep into our main exhibition rooms by following the links below: Malvern Hills Room – This includes the development of the Priory Gatehouse. You can appreciate how the geology of the area has contributed to the later history of Malvern. … Read More

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