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Donating items to Cambridge Museum

How items come into the Cambridge Museum collection

Cambridge Museum’s collections are made up of donations from our communities, and we value the ongoing generosity of these offers of material. Before any items are accepted into the museum an assessment is undertaken in line with our collection policy. This involves looking into existing holdings, the significance of your material to the people of Cambridge, the condition of the material, copyright and legal status, the space and availability of resources to provide storage and long-term care.


How can I donate items?

If you wish to donate material, please fill out a Collections Donation form and email it to the Museum. (contact details here)

A staff member will then contact you to document information such as the history of ownership, details of past use, or memorable stories relating to the material. The staff member may also come to view it as part of the assessment process.

A decision will be given as soon as possible. However, donations must be signed off by the Cambridge Historical Society before being brought into the collection, and we ask for your patience until the process is completed.

When recommended donation material is accepted into the collection a transfer of ownership clause is signed by the donor. The material then formally becomes part of the Cambridge Museum collection.

Questions? We are happy to help. Contact details are available here. 


This diagram shows the three step decision making process when an object is offered to the Museum


Remember, if you are interested in gifting something for the Museum collection, please don’t bring it to the Museum without an appointment. 

For safety reasons, staff cannot take any collection items at reception. Download a Collection Donation form here and then get in touch.

Thank you for thinking of us.